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

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

Time to end the discrimination against the self-employed and SME sectors – FF

Fianna Fáil is this week bringing forward a Dáil Private Members motion to demand a fair deal for the 350,000 self-employed people in Ireland and a renewed policy focus on the potential of the Small and Medium Enterprise sectors. The motion contains a number of practical measures which will support entrepreneurship in Ireland and bring long term economic benefits to the State. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil recommends increasing national minimum wage to €9.20 in submission to Low Pay Commission

Fianna Fáil has recommended a 6.4% increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to €9.20 as part of the party’s submission to Low Pay Commission. Read More | Share

Govt must move on Collective Bargaining legislation – Calleary

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary TD says the Government and the Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash should immediately fast track planned collective bargaining legislation and is asking the Workplace Relations Commission to investigate alleged changes in the work conditions of Dunnes Stores workers who participated in a strike last week. Read More | Share

Government seeks to replace lack of action for SMEs with flurry of fresh promises – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary TD has accused Fine Gael of rehashing its policies on business, while its previous strategy “The Voice of Small Business” lies gathering dust on a shelf. Fine Gael is poised to release another document next week, aimed at winning over the business community, which it has been ignoring for the past four years. Read More | Share

Looming election sees Fine Gael finally take action on SME sector – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary TD has accused the Government of trying to win over votes in the SME sector after ignoring small businesses for the past four years. Fine Gael is planning to unveil new measures next week aimed at winning over small and medium businesses ahead of the General Election. Read More | Share

Fresh effort must be made to resolve Dunnes Stores dispute – Calleary

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary TD has called on Dunnes Stores to use the State’s industrial relations machinery to resolve its ongoing row with staff over pay and contracts. Workers at the company have threatened strike action over management’s refusal to engage with them on the issue of zero hours contracts. Read More | Share

Two-tier recovery leaving the regions behind - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Dara Calleary TD says the latest quarterly economic bulletin by NERI clearly shows that the recovery is not being spread to all regions. The data from the economic think-tank suggests that 94% of the jobs created over the last year were in Dublin and the eastern side of the country. 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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