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

Govt announces muted mortgage measures following four years of denials – FF

Fianna Fáil Senator and candidate for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry says the Government’s plan to tackle the mortgage arrears crisis is overly bureaucratic and will not fully ease the burden on distressed mortgage holders. Read More | Share

Minister must remove threat to future of Sligo veterinary lab – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has written to the Minister for Agriculture urging him to reconsider the recommendations of a departmental review on veterinary services. The review argues for a more centralised model for the delivery of veterinary services – ultimately leading to the closure of 3 regional laboratories, including the one at Dunally in North Sligo. Read More | Share

MacSharry calls on Govt to intervene to secure Irish representation on EU Tax Committee

Following the recent establishment by the European Parliament of a Special Committee on Tax, Senator Marc MacSharry has expressed concern at the absence of any Irish representation. Read More | Share

Closure of Ballymote library proves Fine Gael & Labour contempt for Sligo people - Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has attacked the government for failing to provide the necessary funding to Sligo County Council to allow it to continue providing vital services for Sligo people. Read More | Share

Decision of international bodies to shun Banking Inquiry unacceptable – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil member of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry Senator Marc Mac Sharry has said it is totally unacceptable that the IMF and OECD have joined the ECB in refusing to attend public sessions of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry. Read More | Share

Single parent families to suffer as a result of sneaky Budget cuts – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry says hundreds of families across the North West are facing cuts of up to €80 euro a week because of changes to the One Parent Family Payment. The age threshold for the entitlement is being reduced again in July, resulting in cuts payments for single parent families. Read More | Share

Meagre Mental Health Budgets threaten essential services – MacSharry

Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Health Marc Mac Sharry has accused the Government of paying lip service to mental health issues, without investing the necessary funding or resources to adequately address mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. Read More | Share

Minister Still Not Listening to Beef Farmers – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has criticised the Agriculture Minister for still not listening to farmers on the beef crisis. Read More | Share

Suicide statistics reflect Govt inaction on crisis – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Health Marc Mac Sharry said new figures from the HSE’s Office for Suicide Prevention are an indictment of the Government’s lack of action on the issue. The statistics reveal that Ireland has the fourth highest rate of deaths by suicide in the EU among young men aged between 15-19. Read More | Share

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

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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)