Charlie McConalogue

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Charlie McConalogue
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Donegal North–East
Donegal County Councillor
In office
June 2009 – February 2011
Personal details
Born October 1977 (1977-10) (age 38)
Carndonagh, County Donegal
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Alma mater University College Dublin

Charlie McConalogue (born October 1977) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Donegal North–East constituency since the 2011 general election.[1]


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]

Public representative[edit]

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. McConalogue is currently the only Fianna Fáil TD in County Donegal.[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.


  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. 
Preceded by
Jim McDaid
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Donegal North–East