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Charlie McConalogue, Spokesperson on Education and Skills

Charlie McConalogue

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Donegal North East

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Constituency Office:
Chapel Street,
Carndonagh,
Co. Donegal

Tel: 074 9373131
Fax: 074 9373133

Email: charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie

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Personal Details

Born in October 1977. Charlie was educated at Carndonagh Community School before studying economics, politics and history at University College Dublin (NUID).

Local News

Concerns surrounding ‘Primary Online Database’ must be addressed – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue TD has criticized the Education Minister for her heavy-handed approach to the implementation of the ‘Primary Online Database’ (POD). The new database will collect the details of primary school pupils including sensitive private information on their racial profile, psychological assessments, medical and disability needs, religion, and PPS number. Furthermore her department will retain this information on children until they reach the age of 30, despite serious concerns having being raised about the security of the data and its compliance with the Data Protection Act. Read More | Share

Govt cuts to guidance counselling threaten student outcomes – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD says student outcomes are being jeopardised by the Education Minister’s refusal to increase the number of guidance counsellors in our schools. Changes brought in by this Government have seen guidance counsellor numbers reduced, with counsellors spending almost 60% less time with students than they did two years ago. Read More | Share

Donegal patients returned to waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital – McConalogue

Hundreds of Donegal patients are being forced back on to waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital because of the Government’s failure to provide funding for their treatment under the 2013 Outpatient Waiting List Initiative. Read More | Share

McConalogue seeks Clarity on Status of A5 Funding

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has written to the Northern Ireland Executive seeking clarification in relation to funding for the A5 Western Transport Corridor in light of December’s Budget agreement between the NI Executive and the British Government. Read More | Share

Govt must accept responsibility for Junior Cert stalemate – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD has called on teachers' unions to pull back from further industrial action, and has criticised the Government for allowing the current impasse on Junior Cert reform to develop. Read More | Share

Govt must not allow further cuts to Donegal Garda Numbers - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says it’s completely unacceptable for rural and border Garda Stations to have their personnel numbers depleted in order to beef up policing in urban areas. Deputy McConalogue was responding to proposals to move Gardaí from rural stations to urban stations for 8 week periods in an effort to address manpower shortages. Read More | Share

Moville Community Welfare Clinic must remain open – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the Department of Social Protection to reverse its decision to cancel its weekly community welfare clinic in Moville. If the closure goes ahead, people in the Foyle area will be forced to travel to Carndonagh or Buncrana to meet with a Community Welfare Officer. Read More | Share

Jackson’s receivership highlights need for greater SME supports – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has expressed his shock following the announcement that Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey has been placed in receivership. The hotel has been a major employer in the town since the mid-1940s. Read More | Share

McConalogue seeks greater freedom for colleges to hire staff

Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue TD has called on Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan to allow universities, institutes of technology and other colleges greater freedom to hire staff, within their allocated budgets in 2015. Read More | Share

Govt compensation package falls short of what is required – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said he’s disappointed with the compensation package offered by the Government to victims of child sexual abuse. Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan announced a cap of €84,000 as well as a range of conditions, which will exempt some victims from applying for the compensation measures. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Current Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills

Previously served as Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs and was a member of the Joint Committee on Health and Children.

Charlie is now a member of the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection and also the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions.

Elected to Donegal County Council in June 2009 where he served as Deputy Mayor, Charlie went on to win a seat for Fianna Fáil in Donegal North East on his first attempt as a general election candidate.

Sustainable rural development through investment in key infrastructure projects such as broadband services required for job creation locally along with maximising natural resources to promote agriculture, fishing and tourism remain his key priorities along with accessible and well maintained health services for everyone.