Dara Calleary

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Dara Calleary
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Opposition Spokesperson for
Public Expenditure and Reform
Assumed office
19 May 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Seán Fleming
Opposition Spokesperson for
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
In office
April 2011 – May 2016
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by Richard Bruton
Succeeded by Niall Collins
Minister of State for Labour Affairs
and Public Service Transformation
In office
22 April 2009 – 9 March 2011
Taoiseach Brian Cowen
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Office abolished
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2007
Constituency Mayo
Personal details
Born (1973-05-10) 10 May 1973 (age 43)
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Website www.daracalleary.ie

Dara Calleary (born 10 May 1973) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Mayo constituency since 2007.[1] He served as Minister of State for Labour Affairs and Public Service Transformation from 2009 to 2011.

Calleary lives in Ballina and was educated at St Oliver Plunkett National School and St Muredachs College in that town, and Trinity College, Dublin. He has been a member of the Fianna Fáil National Executive since 1997 and has served on party policy committees on Transport, Enterprise and Employment, Agriculture and Youth Affairs. He previously worked with Chambers Ireland, the largest business organisation in Ireland and also worked in an Irish bank.

Calleary is the son of Seán Calleary who was a TD for Mayo East from 1973 to 1992, and the grandson of Phelim Calleary who was elected a TD for Mayo North from 1952 to 1969.

He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2007 general election.[2] In February 2008, Calleary was appointed chairman of Ógra Fianna Fáil by the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the National Youth Conference in Tullamore, County Offaly. In 2007 Calleary chaired the first ever Ógra Fianna Fáil branch meeting in Northern Ireland at Queen's University Belfast.

On 22 April 2009 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with special responsibility for Labour Affairs. On 23 March 2010, following a cabinet reshuffle, responsibility for Public Service Transformation was added to Calleary's role.[3]

He was the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence from April 2011 to July 2012. In July 2012, he was appointed as party spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mr. Dara Calleary". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Dara Calleary". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Killeen, Carey promoted to Cabinet". RTÉ News. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 

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Preceded by
John Carty
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Mayo
Political offices
Preceded by
Billy Kelleher
Minister of State for Labour Affairs and Public Service Transformation
Succeeded by
Office abolished