Dara Calleary TD

  • Dara Calleary joined us this morning to talk about the ongoing issue of car insurance premiums which are stretching people to breaking point and causing untold issues for businesses. With the European Union launching an investigation into alleged blocking by Irish insurance companies of cheaper European companies into the Irish market, the Fianna Fail TD told us what he believes the Government need to do to combat the problem. 

    In the midst of the conversation the FF Deputy Leader also revealed that he had received an email from a taxi driver who was charged over €10,000 in insurance for his wheelchair accessible taxi. Incredibly that wasn't even the most expensive insurance premium quote that we learned of during the show - Tommy talked to Irene whose 18 year old son was quoted a staggering €16,785.01 to get insurance on his 2004 Ford Fiesta! Listen back now to both interviews. 

  • A Mayo TD has called for a special helpline to be set up, so that people affected by alleged child sex abuse in Scouting Ireland can come forward confidentially.

    Fianna Fail's Deputy Leader Dara Calleary questioned the Minister for Justice on the matter in the Dail today, following revelations yesterday that 108 sexual abuse cases involving 71 alleged abusers mainly from the 1960's to the 1980's were found within Scouting Ireland.

    Minister Charlie Flanagan told the Dáil that none of the alleged abusers were still with Scouting Ireland, and he confirmed that Gardai have contacted police forces overseas where alleged abusers may be living.

    Deputy Dara Calleary said the revelations opened "a new, insidious and grotesque litany of sexual abuses over many decades in Scouting Ireland", and demanded a special helpline be established to enable those affected to come forward in confidence.




  • The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, which is worth €350 per week, should be extended to people over the age of 66 who are still working.

    That's the view of Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary, who says he's been contacted by a number of people over 66 who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus but are excluded from receiving this payment.

    Deputy Calleary is calling on the Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection Regina Doherty to review the scheme and ensure that older workers are treated the same as younger workers during this crisis.