Senator Marc Mac Sharry, Seanad Spokesperson on Health

Marc Mac Sharry

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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

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

Further investment needed in paediatric and neonatal services - Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has called for obstetrician led services in maternity hospitals throughout the country. He also called for further investment in infrastructure within existing centres for paediatric and neonatal areas. Read More | Share

Mac Sharry demands answers on decrease in student grants awarded in North West

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has raised concerns about the decrease in the number of third level grants awarded in the North West region, while other regions experience an increase in grants. The Sligo-based Senator is calling on Ruairí Quinn to look again at the rate of grants rejected in the North West region, after it emerged that Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim have all experienced a significant drop in third level grants. Read More | Share

Seanad to vote on FF motion to halt closure of mental health units in Galway & Cork

Senators will today vote on a Fianna Fáil motion demanding an immediate halt to the closure of beds at mental health units in Ballinasloe and Tuam in Co Galway, and Glanmire and Shanakiel in Co Cork. The motion calls for a full, independent review of the decision to shut down the €3.1 million acute mental health unit at St Brigid’s Hospital in Ballinasloe. Read More | Share

Mac Sharry demands clarity on future of North West maternity services

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has said he is extremely concerned about media reports today that maternity services in Sligo and across the North West face a major downgrade with only services at Letterkenny and Galway to be retained. Read More | Share

Is Quinn’s position on religious teaching Government policy? - MacSharry

Senator Marc MacSharry has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to clarify the Government's position on religious education in primary schools. Read More | Share

North West region must be included in bid to host Rugby World Cup – Mac Sharry

An all-island bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup must include the North West region, according to Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry. Read More | Share

New Neurological Institute a game-changer for North West - Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health Senator Marc Mac Sharry has described the opening of a new Neurological Institute in Sligo as 'a major development in healthcare in the North West.' Read More | Share

N4 must be included in Toll Free November for Hauliers – Mac Sharry

Senator Marc Mac Sharry has criticised the Government for not including the N4 in the Toll Free initiative for the month of November. The toll has been lifted on four routes for the month of November for Hauliers to see boost HGV use of these roads. The initiative applies to the M1, M3, M6 and Limerick tunnel but the N4 has been left out. Read More | Share

Mac Sharry calls for extension to deadline on HGV height restrictions

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has called on the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar to push for an extension to the deadline for new height restrictions for hauliers. Under an EU directive, all HGVs must be under 4.65 meters from November 1st. But Senator Mac Sharry said many companies are struggling to meet this deadline. Read More | Share

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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)