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Senator Marc Mac Sharry, Seanad Spokesperson on Health

Marc Mac Sharry

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Constituency

Sligo North Leitrim

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E-mail: marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie

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Personal Details

- Born 12-7-1973

- Married to Marie Murphy, one son Marc Junior, one daughter Julie Rose.

- Educated at: St. John’s Marist brothers Sligo, Castleknock College Dublin, El Colegio De Espania Alicante, Spain – European Orientation Programme, M.I.P.A.V.

- Prior to entering politics Marc worked as a Customer Advisor/Sales Executive in Irish Permanent Building Society from 1991-1994.

- From 1994-2000 Sales/General Manager of Celtic Foods Trading House Limited - From 2000-2005 CEO of Sligo Chamber of Commerce - Marc currently runs his own family estate agency, Marc Mac Sharry Properties, Sligo.

Since first elected in 2002 Marc has been a strong advocate of balanced regional development, the effective implementation of the National Spatial Strategy and the provision of equality of access of services to all regions on the island of Ireland and Seanad Reform.

The promotion of Enterprise Entrepreneurship Education, Tourism and the marketing of Ireland as a location for world sporting events are among the more notable home issues being pushed. Among the projects Marc helped to initiate and deliver include, the application, winning and staging of an Irish round of the World Rally Championship 2007 and 2009, the provision of a United Nations Deceased Peace Keepers memorial Sligo 2008.

Marc enjoys spending time and playing with his children. He has a keen interest in sports, in particular GAA, Rugby and Soccer and water sports. He is a fan of reading history books and amateur drama. .

Local News

Political will needed to bolster suicide prevention – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Health Marc Mac Sharry has on World Suicide Prevention Day called on the Government to secure the political will to fully implement the Vision for Change recommendations. Despite being announced in 2006, many of its recommendations have still not been rolled out, and Minister Kathleen Lynch has herself admitted that they will not be brought in during this Government’s term in office. Read More | Share

Government Beef Crisis Paralysis Slammed

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has today slammed what he called Minister Coveney’s paralysis and inaction on the nations beef crisis. Read More | Share

More investment in North West needed following MBNA announcement – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry says the loss of 160 jobs at MBNA highlights the need for targeted investment in the North West region. The company is planning to close its plant in Carrick-on-Shannon by the end of November. Read More | Share

FF Bill Proposes Radical Measures to Fund Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Services

Fianna Fáil’s Seanad spokesperson on Health Marc Mac Sharry will move the Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Bill 2014 in the Seanad this Wednesday. The Bill if enacted will provide sustainable funding for the implementation of a range of measures to reduce suicide in Ireland. The Bill is broadly based on Senator Mac Sharry’s policy document “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”, which was published last year. Read More | Share

Maternity report abandoned but questions remain – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil’s Seanad spokesperson on Health Marc Mac Sharry says a number of questions remain following a decision by the HSE West/North West Hospitals Group to shelve a review into the region’s maternity services. Read More | Share

Full Costs Refund A Must Under Detached Reilly’s Medical Card U-Turn -  Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry is calling on the Health Minister to refund people whose medical card was taken away from them during the HSE review. Despite the fact that the Minister has agreed to reinstate more than 15,000 medical cards which were wrongly taken away during the review process, thousands of people remain out of pocket after being forced to pay for expensive treatments and medication because of their condition. Read More | Share

All parties urged to support Seanad motion against dismantling of maternity services

Senators from all sides are being urged to support a Fianna Fáil motion in the Seanad this week calling for the protection of obstetrician-led maternity services at regional hospitals. Read More | Share

FF tables Seanad motion on dismantling of maternity services in West / North West

Fianna Fáil will table a motion in the Seanad next week opposing the dismantling of maternity services in the West and North West regions. It comes after the party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Senator Marc Mac Sharry, received a copy of a confidential HSE report detailing dramatic cuts to maternity units, including the possible closure of the obstetrician led services at Portiuncula Hospital, Mayo General, Sligo General and Letterkenny Hospital. Read More | Share

FG/Lab cannot be trusted on medical cards – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health Senator Marc Mac Sharry has said the Government’s cynical election stunt on medical cards provides little comfort to the thousands of people who have lost their medical cards and were ignored by Fine Gael and Labour. Read More | Share

Long term care needs long term planning – Mac Sharry

“Long term care needs long term planning.” That’s the message from Fianna Fáil Seanad Health spokesperson Marc Mac Sharry as he initiated a Seanad debate the imminent crisis in long stay nursing home care for the elderly today. Read More | Share

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Clinics

Marc operates an accessible/open door style without a rigid clinic schedule and is available at all times to help and assist people in whatever ways possible. Call him directly on (086) 2674764 or e-mail at mmacsharry@oireachtas.ie.

Political Record

- Re-Elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2011.

- First elected to Seanad Eireann on the Industrial and Commercial Panel on his first attempt in July 2002 and re-elected in July 2007.

- Presently Government Seanad spokesperson on Finance and the Public Service

- Presently Member of the Joint Committee on Finance and the Public Service

- Government Seanad Spokesperson on Communication, Marine and Natural Resources 2002-2007.

- Member Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources 2002-2007

- Member of the Forum on Europe 2002/2003

- Secretary of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment 2002-2007

- Fianna Fáil Director of Elections Local and European Sligo/Leitrim 2004

- Member of the Fianna Fáil National Youth Committee 1993

- Member of the Board Regional Authority (Business Rep) 2000-2005

- Director Sligo Leader Partnership 2000-2005

- Founder/Promoter of Sligo Rocks Music Festival 2002/2003

- Director Sligo Live Music Festival 2004 – current

Marc co-wrote and presented to Government a proposed Entrepreneurship Education Strategy for Ireland. Click here to read. (MS Word Required)

He also co-wrote and presented to Government proposals for the prevention of family home repossessions. Click here to read. (MS Word Required)