Dara Calleary, Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Dara Calleary

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Home: 8 Quignalecka, Sligo Road, Ballina, Co Mayo.
Office: 19 Pearse Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Tel: 096 77613
Fax: 096 78510



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Educated at St Oliver Plunkett NS The Quay, Ballina, St Muredachs College Ballina and Trinity College Dublin (BA Business).

Local News

New CSO data on earnings underscores threats to economic recovery – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has said the latest data from the Central Statistics Office showing a reduction in average weekly pre-tax earnings in the economy is a cause for concern. Read More | Share

Socialist Party strategy to nationalise industries a threat to 160,000 jobs - FF

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary TD has described as extraordinary a proposal from the Socialist Party that Dell and other multi-national firms operating in Ireland would be taken in to public ownership. Read More | Share

Statement from Dara Calleary TD on the death of Seán Staunton

It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning of the death of Seán Staunton of Westport, the current Chairman of Mayo Fianna Fáil, a member of Westport Town Council for 37 years (Chairman on 8 occasions), a member of Mayo VEC and a former Editor of the Mayo News. Read More | Share

Govt’s termination of essential programme threatens future of Mayo’s islands – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the Government of threatening the future of Mayo’s island communities through a lack of investment and development. He made the comments ahead of the termination of the Local Government Development Programme, which will be wound up at the end of the year. The programme provides core funding for essential services on non-Gaeltacht islands, including Inisturk and Clare Island. Read More | Share

Mayo Farmers penalised in unjust Finance Bill – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says a number of measures contained in the Finance Bill will have a detrimental impact on farmers in the county. The Bill must be amended to reflect the changing face of Irish farming, or risk destroying viable businesses. Read More | Share

Group water schemes should be included in water charge allowances – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says the Government should allocate tax reliefs to members of group water schemes in Mayo and across the country. Ministers announced certain allowances for Irish Water customers in the Budget, but there are no measures in the pipeline for households which are part of a group water scheme. Read More | Share

Action not empty promises needed to secure future of Ireland West Airport – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says the Taoiseach must sideline the spin and honour the commitments he made about Ireland West Airport Knock. Enda Kenny made a promise before the 2011 General Election that he would ‘do whatever he needed for Knock’ if he became Taoiseach. Read More | Share

Government’s FDI policy lacks ambition and specifics - Calleary

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary says the Government’s new policy on attracting Foreign Direct Investment lacks ambition and outlines no clear plan as to how it intends to entice new companies to the regions. Read More | Share

Government must seize opportunity to deliver European stimulus programme – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary has said that the Government must seize the opportunity presented by the appointment of a new European Commission to deliver a real stimulus plan to revive the European economy. Read More | Share

Strategic Banking Corporation is another false dawn for SMEs – Calleary

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has said the new Banking Corporation legislation being rushed through the Dáil this week is a totally inadequate response to the credit crisis for small businesses. Read More | Share

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Clinics held regularly in Ballina (personal attendance every Monday and Friday), Crossmolina, Killala, Ballycastle, Bangor, Belmullet, Doohoma, Eachleim, Mulranny, Achill, Swinford, Foxford, Charlestown, Kiltimagh. Appointments available from Constituency Office 096 77613.

Political Record

Current Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Previously served as Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence

Appointed Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, with special responsibility for Labour Affairs in April 2009

Chair of Ogra Fianna Fail from February 2008 to April 2009

Vice Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change from 2007 to 2009

Member of Fianna Fáil Ard Chomhairle from 1997 to 2007, having topped the national poll in 2000

Member of the National Youth Committee (1994-96, 1998-2003, 2006-07) and served as Secretary on the Ard Comhairle Committee on Enterprise

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