Charlie McConalogue

Charlie McConalogue
Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Assumed office
18 May 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Éamon Ó Cuív
Opposition Spokesperson for Education and Skills
In office
July 2012  18 May 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Brendan Smith
Succeeded by Thomas Byrne
Opposition Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs
In office
April 2011  July 2012
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Charles Flanagan
Succeeded by Robert Troy
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
Constituency Donegal
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011  February 2016
Constituency Donegal North-East
Personal details
Born October 1977 (1977-10) (age 39)
Carndonagh, Donegal, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Alma mater University College Dublin

Charlie McConalogue (born October 1977) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who is a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Donegal constituency. First elected to the Donegal North-East constituency in the 2011 general election, he retained his seat in the 2016 general election.[1]

Early life

McConalogue earned a degree in economics, politics, and history from University College Dublin (UCD), which he completed after a year as Education Officer in the UCD Students' Union. After graduation, he worked as a political organiser at the Fianna Fáil party headquarters in Dublin. Upon the death of his father, he returned home to Carndonagh, County Donegal, to manage the family farm.[2]

Political career

McConalogue was elected to Donegal County Council at the 2009 local elections to represent the Inishowen electoral area.[3]

After Jim McDaid's retirement and Niall Blaney's decision to step down from politics for personal reasons, Fianna Fáil had no sitting TD in Donegal North-East to contest the 2011 general election. The party chose McConalogue as Fianna Fáil's sole candidate for the constituency.

In the election, he won 17.4% of the first-preference vote and was elected on the 9th count to fill the third and final seat, behind Sinn Féin's Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Fine Gael's Joe McHugh.[4] He was the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children from April 2011 to July 2012. In July 2012, he was appointed as party spokesperson on Education and Skills.

In the 2016 general election, after a redrawing of constituency boundaries, McConalogue ran alongside Pat the Cope Gallagher as the two Fianna Fáil candidates in the new five-seater Donegal constituency. McConalogue topped the poll and was elected on the first count.[5]

He represented Fianna Fáil in talks on government formation in 2016.[6]


  1. "Mr. Charlie McConalogue". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  2. Fionnan Sheahan (9 February 2011). "Donegal North-East: Wipeout feared as FF reduced to one candidate". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  3. "Candidates 2011: Charlie McConalogue". Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  4. "Charlie McConalogue". Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  5. "Donegal count: Independent Thomas Pringle takes final seat". The Irish Times. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  6. McGee, Harry (12 March 2016). "Fianna Fáil's negotiating team for government talks revealed". The Irish Times.
Preceded by
Jim McDaid
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Donegal North-East
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