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

Govt spurred into gestures on regional jobs as election countdown kicks in – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary TD says the Government is only waking up to the two-tier recovery now that a General Election is looming. Over the past four years, the Taoiseach and Jobs Minister have failed to address the jobs crisis outside the capital, but now that the scale of public disillusionment is sinking in, have decided to launch a series of regional jobs press conferences. Read More | Share

Health service crisis worsens as rheumatology appointments cancelled – FF

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has slammed the Health Minister for allowing the health crisis in the West to spiral out of all control. Around 850 people have had their rheumatology appointments cancelled at Merlin Park because of staff shortages. Read More | Share

Govt review must re-instate Town Councils - Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says the Government is being forced into reviewing its flawed decision to abolish Town Councils. Following a Parliamentary Question from Fianna Fáil, it’s emerged that a Government Review Group has been set up to investigate whether Town Councils should be restored. Read More | Share

Urgent action needed to deal with Liberty job losses – Calleary

Fianna Fáil Jobs Spokesperson Dara Calleary says he’s extremely alarmed and disappointed by the news that Liberty Insurance has informed its workforce that 270 workers are to be laid off. The jobs will be phased out over the next 18 months at the company’s offices in Blanchardstown, Cavan and Enniskillen. Read More | Share

Clerys closure signals new low in owner-employee relations - Calleary

Fianna Fáil Jobs Spokesperson Dara Calleary says he’s extremely shocked and disappointed by the announcement that Clerys department store has closed with almost no warning. Staff at the iconic Dublin outlet were informed yesterday that the shop has been sold and would be closing with immediate effect. Read More | Share

Mayo Farmers left high and dry as Minister forces through new beef scheme – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the Agriculture Minister of failing to address the concerns of hundreds of farmers across the country who are experiencing major problems with the new Beef Data and Genomics Programme. Read More | Share

Damning silence by Govt on rising Irish business costs and continuing loss in competitiveness – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary has accused the government of remaining silent as costs increase for doing business in Ireland, which is affecting our competitiveness and our ability to attract more business start-ups, both domestic and foreign. Read More | Share

Two tier recovery confirmed by latest employment figures – Calleary

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary has welcomed the increased employment figures published today by the CSO but says rural Ireland is being left behind as a result of the Government’s urban focused policies. Read More | Share

Minister’s remarks an insult to jobseekers – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has described comments by the Finance Minister that some people are “allergic to work” as extremely insulting and offensive to those who are genuinely trying to get back into the workforce. Read More | Share

Govt fails to protect SMEs from vulture fund conditions – Calleary

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary is accusing the Government of ignoring the seriousness of the plight of businesses whose loans are being sold on to vulture funds. Many of these companies are finding that the protections offered under their original loan agreements are not as robust as they were led to believe. The number of Irish firms affected by this practice is rising as a result of banks exiting the Irish market, or reducing their services and selling of parts of their loan books to outside funds. 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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