Senator Paschal Mooney, Seanad Spokesperson on Social Protection

Paschal Mooney

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Sligo North Leitrim




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Personal Details

Lives in Drumshanbo Co.Leitrim with his wife Sheila and their five children (2 girls & 3 boys aged 13 to 21)

Broadcaster & Journalist

Local News

Mooney backs calls for CATH lab for Sligo General Hospital

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney says hundreds of lives across Sligo and Leitrim are being put at risk because of the Government’s refusal to commit to a CAT lab at Sligo General Hospital. The facility, which caters for cardiological diagnosis and treatment, was given the green light by the previous Government, but has stalled under the Fine Gael-Labour coalition. Read More | Share

FF urges Govt action on Sligo accident blackspot

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney is calling on the Transport Minister provide necessary funds to upgrade the Collooney-Castlebaldwin road in Sligo. The National Roads Authority says the route could be upgraded using the Public Private Partnership model if state money can be secured. Read More | Share

Mooney calls for more Government action on local and regional roads

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney, has called on the Department of Transport to increase funding for the maintenance of regional and local roads. Read More | Share

Ryanair expansion plans at Dublin airport should be supported - Mooney

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney has welcomed news that Ryanair may expand its operation at Dublin airport. Read More | Share

Mooney slams ‘extortionate’ insurance costs for rebuilds in Co Leitrim

Leitrim Senator Paschal Mooney has raised concerns about the inflated insurance costs for rebuilding properties in Co Leitrim and across the North West. The Fianna Fáil Senator Mooney told the Seanad this week that insurance costs for rebuilds in Leitrim are particularly disproportionate, as there are so many unfinished and disused properties in the county and prices have plummeted. Read More | Share

FF concern at guillotine of Social Welfare Bill

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Social Protection Paschal Mooney has expressed the party’s concern at the guillotining of the Social Welfare Bill over the last two days. Read More | Share

Mooney demands action on home help crisis in North West

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Social Protection Paschal Mooney is demanding action from the Government on what he describes as the ‘escalating home help crisis’ across the North West. Read More | Share

Cuts to placements for school leavers with disabilities ‘totally unjustified’ – Mooney

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Social Protection Paschal Mooney has hit out at the Government for persisting with a Budget cut that will leave hundreds of school leavers with disabilities with nowhere to go in September. Read More | Share

Mooney welcomes end to Leitrim ‘partition’

Leitrim based Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney has welcomed indications today that Co Leitrim may no longer be split into two separate constituencies. Senator Mooney was commenting on reports today that the Constituency Commission will recommend that the original Sligo-Leitrim constituency be restored before the next election. Read More | Share

Senator Mooney welcomes EPA report on fracking

Leitrim Senator Paschal Mooney has welcomed the publication of a preliminary study into the use of Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) technology, and has urged Minister Pat Rabbitte not to issue any fracking licenses until a more comprehensive study is carried out. Read More | Share

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Political Record

  • Re-elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2011.
  • Elected to Seanad Éireann in January 2010.
  • Previously he was a Member of Seanad Eireann from 1987 to 2007. Spokesman on Foreign Affairs. 
  • Committee positions held:

Executive Committee National Economic & Social Forum
British–Irish Inter Parliamentary Body
Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly

  • Member Leitrim Co.Council 1991-1999
  • Chairman 1994.Member Co.Leitirm Vocational Committee Chairman 2007
  • Irish Delegation Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly 2002-08
  • 1st Irishman elected Chair of Human Rights Sub-Committee
  • Member Convention on formulation of Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • Member Forum on Europe since 2001
  • Member Panel of Media experts Council of Europe
  • Chairman Fáilte Ireland North West Tourism Board
  • Chairman Co.Leitrim Childcare Committee

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs,