Marc MacSharry

  • In the Sligo Leitrim constituency last night on the 15th count Fianna Fail’s Marc MacSharry and Frankie Feighan of Fine Gael were elected. Outgoing Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Scanlon was in the running until the end but lost out to Feighan .

    Martin Kenny of SF had topped the poll with 15,000 first preferences, and Independent Marian Harkin also secured a seat in this 4-seater.

  • History will record that as a state we 'spectacularly failed the nursing home sector' during the pandemic. That’s the view of Sligo Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry

    The Fianna Fail TD, who was commenting on the high mortality rates in nursing home settings from the coronavirus, has called for stringent measures to be implemented quickly in settings with vulnerable people from now on to deal with the public health crises.

    Deputy MacSharry told Midwest News that he believes that more stringent measures should have been implemented sooner to save lives in the sector.

  • A Sligo TD says the timeline for designing a pathway out of lockdown for the aviation sector must be brought forward.

    Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism, and Sport Marc Mac Sharry believes it is imperative that we seek an agreed pan European approach to the reopening of our aviation industry.

    Deputy Mac Sharry says there is a proposed taskforce to provide guidance on the reopening of the aviation sector in the making.

    Members of this taskforce will be appointed later this week and they will report back in four or five weeks.

    The Sligo TD says the aviation sector cannot afford to wait that long.

  • The Football Association of Ireland is expected to re-elect Donal Conway as its president later today.

    He's the only candidate for the role despite opposition from the Sports Minister and Sports Ireland.

    Last week the association held an EGM which passed a number motions on its board structure, including the election of four independent members.

    Fianna Fáil's Spokesperson on Sport, Sligo TD Marc MacSharry, says they are not happy today's AGM is going ahead.

  • A Sligo TD has been accused of anti-Semitism after remarks made in the Dáil this afternoon.

    Fianna Fáil's Marc MacSharry took aim at the government's Ireland 2040 plan, accusing them of acting like Nazi spin-doctor Joseph Goebbels in the way they launched it.

    One Minister described it as a disgraceful Holocaust slur.

  • The Football Association of Ireland's AGM will resume, today, after it was adjourned in July.


    The crisis-ridden football body has current net liabilities of over €55million.


    Earlier this month, it requested a financial rescue package of €18million from the Government, which was rejected out of hand.


    Sligo-based Fianna Fail spokesman on Sport Marc MacSharry said it may be time for the Government to take over the FAI stake in the Aviva stadium.

  • A Sligo TD says urgent clarity is needed from the Government in terms of people travelling into the country through our Airports.

    Fianna Fail TD Mac Sharry says On Monday of this week a flight carrying up to 200 people arrived into Dublin Airport transporting seasonal workers to be deployed on fruit farms.

    Understandably, this has caused some concern among the public given the strict public health measures we have all adhered in trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

    Deputy MacSharry says he has been in contact with a staff member in Dublin Airport who found the whole ordeal very stressful and this flight added unnecessary risk for frontline staff in Dublin Airport and the flight crew onboard.

    He is now calling on Minister Ross and the Government to immediately clarify the rules around travelling in and out of the State while the public health measures remain in place.

  • A Sligo Fianna Fail TD has called for the sacking of Minister Michael Creed for what he says has been the Government’s total ineptitude in handling the fodder crisis.

    Deputy Marc McSharry says he first identified and raised the inevitability of a fodder crisis and the need for planning and preparation on October 11th of last year.

    He says his calls were ignored but the crisis has been developing as far back as August 2017, with many herds being forced indoors much earlier than usual due to the inclement weather.

    Deputy MacSharry says Minister Creed’s initiatives so far have included the introduction of a totally unworkable fodder transport scheme and an even less workable fodder provision scheme, which received only a dozen applications.

  • An Garda Siochána says there were 91 findings of 'neglect of duty' against Gardaí last year.

    Details released under the Freedom of Information show 118 officers were found to have committed breaches of discipline in 2018.

    There were 25 discreditable-conduct offences and two findings of criminal conduct.

    There are currently about 14,500 Gardaí in Ireland, meaning less than 1 per cent of officers breached discipline last year.

    Sligo Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry says matter need to be fully transparent.

  • A proposal by the former governor of the Central Bank to return bankers bonuses has been slammed.

    In a letter to the Finance Minister, Philip Lane gave his support to an end to a cap on banker’s bonuses.

    However, member of the Public Accounts Committee and Fianna Fail TD for Sligo Marc MacSharry says ordinary banking staff will not benefit from this proposal.

  • Member of the Public accounts committee and Sligo/Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry, believes the public need to know if John Delaney's settlement deal came from tax payer money.

    The news was announced late on Saturday night of Delaney’s resignation from the FAI just days ahead of the expected publication of a forensic audit report into football's governing body.

    The publication of a forensic audit into the FAI's finances, which is due next week and Delaney’s resignation, means he won't appear before the Oireachtas Sports Committee hearing into it.

    Deputy MacSharry wants to clarify who is paying Delaney’s settlement deal, along with reforms in the FAI so that Sport Ireland and the Government can move on in the interest of Irish football.