Dara Calleary (born 10 May 1973) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has served as Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil since March 2018. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Mayo constituency since 2007. He previously served as Minister of State for Labour Affairs from 2009 to 2011.[1]

Dara Calleary

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Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil
Assumed office
29 March 2018
LeaderMicheál Martin
Preceded byÉamon Ó Cuív (2012)
Minister of State for Labour Affairs
In office
22 April 2009 – 9 March 2011
TaoiseachBrian Cowen
Preceded byBilly Kelleher
Succeeded byGed Nash
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2007
Personal details
Born (1973-05-10) 10 May 1973 (age 46)
Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Siobhán Greavy (m. 2012)
Alma materTrinity College Dublin

Calleary was born in Ballina, County Mayo, in 1973. He was educated at St Oliver Plunkett National School and St Muredach's College. He later studied at 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 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 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]

In the Fianna Fáil Front Bench he has served as Opposition Spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation from 2011 to 2016 and Opposition Spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform from 2016 to 2018.

He was made Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil in March 2018, by party leader Micheál Martin.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Bardon, Sarah (29 March 2018). "Fianna Fáil reshuffle: Dara Calleary appointed deputy leader". Irish Times. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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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