Dara Calleary

  • The Agriculture Minister has apologised for attending an event just 24 hours after new COVID-19 measures were introduced.

    The Irish Examiner reports Dara Calleary, along with other TDs and Senators were among 80 guests at an Oireachtas Golf Society event last night.

    In a statement, the Minister says he had committed to attending the function a number of weeks ago, and should not have attended in light of updated public health guidelines.

    Minister Calleary will be on tomorrow’s Morning Edition with Michael D. McAndrew.

  • Mayo County Council has been granted €516,218 to refurbish social housing units which will be re-let to individuals struggling with homelessness or on a housing list.

    The money will be used to refurbish and re-let 45 social housing units in the county, according to Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary.

    The funding has been provided by the voids programme and forms part of the July Stimulus Programme.

    Deputy Dara Calleary told Midwest News that the units are due to be completed by the start of 2021.

  • A public consultation day in respect of the proposed Ballina Flood Relief Scheme will be held later this month.

    That's according to Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary who raised the matter as a Parliamentary Question in the Dáil and was informed that the scheme is currently at the preliminary design phase.

    The Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform has informed Deputy Calleary that  the consultants appointed earlier this year have carried out extensive data collection in order to collate the relevant data, to feed into design models and identify potential solutions to the flood risk in the Bachelors Walk, Arbuckle Row, Howley Terrace and Clare Street areas of Ballina.

    The project team are planning a Public Consultation day this month to engage with the public and to gather any further local knowledge, photos, videos, etc. of flood events, which would aid the consultant engineers with their design work.

    The event will be held virtually with all documentation and resources provided online.

    There will also be a physical public consultation held in Ballina for residents who may not have access to the internet or who would prefer to engage with the project team in person, albeit in a safe and controlled environment, with the necessary protocols in place.

    Deputy Calleary has been telling Midwest News that this is an important step for people in the Ballina area affected by flooding to get involved in the entire process.

  • Mayo deputy Dara Calleary as been appointed as the new Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine.

    It follows the sacking of Barry Cowen from the post by the Taoiseach last night.

    Dara, aged 47, is a TD for Mayo since 2007.

    He served as the Minister of State for Labour Affairs 2009 -2011

    He became the deputy Leader of FF in March 2018.

    Three weeks ago he was appointed Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Dept of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture Sport and the Gaeltacht.

    There was widespread consternation and anger that the Ballina based deputy was overlooked by Micheal Martin for a senior cabinet position when details of the new coalition government was announced.

    Dublin based Jack Chambers has today been appointed as the Government Chief Whip.

    Speaking to Midwest News this lunchtime the Chairman of Ballina Comhairle Ceantair of Fianna Fail Matt Farrell said Dara richly deserves to be a cabinet minister and he said the people of Ballina are delighted with his new appointment. Speaking on Midwest Radio last month, Mr Farrell had stated that Micheal Martin was not welcome to Ballina in light of his failure to appoint Dara as a cabinet Minister.

    This lunchtime he extended a welcome to the Taoiseach to the "Salmon Capital of Ireland" - Ballina.

    The Fianna Fail whip on Mayo county council, Ballinrobe based Damien Ryan, told Midwest News that Dara is an excellent choice in the Agriculture brief and he said it's a key portfolio for Mayo and Connaught counties generally.


  • The Taosieach says the Oireachtas golf society event potentially undermines the public health message.

    It comes after Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary resigned after he attended an event that breached Covid 19 guidelines, in a hotel in Galway on Wednesday.

    Micheal Martin also called on EU Commissioner Phil Hogan to apologise for attending the gathering.

    Speaking to RTE this evening, the Taoiseach said he was annoyed and upset by the controversy.

  • Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary objected to being appointed Government Chief Whip during a tense meeting with newly elected Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Saturday, according to today’s Irish Independent.

    The Mayo deputy will be on Tommy Marren’s show here on Midwest Radio later this morning and we will hear directly from him on his reaction and his thoughts on not securing a senior Ministerial position.

    The paper reports that Dara Calleary was forced to accept the role as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the dept of the Taoiseach. He was the last Fianna Fáil TD called to Government Buildings and Mr Martin had already allocated all his ministries. The deputy is said to have told colleagues he was furious about the appointment but was left with no option but to accept the position as Mr Martin had no other ministries to offer by the time he was called to the Taoiseach's Office.

    Ministers who were appointed on Saturday afternoon said the Fianna Fáil deputy leader was "visibly angry" when they gathered in Government Buildings before returning to the National Convention Centre to be voted into office.

    The new government contains no Senior Ministerial positions for anyone in the west and North west of the country, from Donegal to Limerick.

    The lack of a senior minister across the North West shows neglect of the west of Ireland and of County Mayo in particular.That’s the view of Independent Ballina councillor Mark Duffy, who has congratulated Deputy Dara Calleary on his appointment as Government Chief Whip.

    He says the abolition of the Department for Community and Rural Development flies in the face of the work done by Mayo Fine Gael TD Michael Ring and is also disappointing for the west.

    The Independent cllr told Midwest News this morning that the lack of development on key infrastructure projects like the N26 shows the frustration felt across the region.

    Cllr Duffy told Midwest Radio’s John Morley that the lack of a senior minister in cabinet is not a good development for the west of Ireland.