Sean Kyne

  • The Dail will vote today to approve a cabinet re-shuffle by the Taoiseach.

    Richard Bruton will be confirmed as the new Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

    Donegal's Joe McHugh will become the Minister for Education and Séan Kyne from Galway West will take up the role of Government Chief Whip.

    While Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney is set to become a junior minister.

    The changes follow the resignation of Communications Minister Denis Naughten last week.



  • Former Galway West TD and former government chief whip Sean Kyne has become the first person elected to the new Seanad.

    He's likely to be joined by his Fine Gael colleague John McGahon on the Cultural and Educational panel.

    It looks as though the Green Party's Saoirse McHugh will be caught on transfers by outgoing Fianna Fáil TD Malcolm Byrne.

    His party mate, Mayo's Lisa Chambers should also be elected with Sinn Féin's Fintan Warfield rounding out the five-person panel.




  • Outgoing Minister of State Sean Kyne looks likely to be elected to the Seanad when the 14th count on the Cultural and Educational vocational panel resumes shortly.

    The former Galway West TD was just over eight votes short of the quota when counting stopped shortly before midnight last night.

    Former Fianna Fáil TD in Mayo Lisa Chambers, currently in fourth position on 144 votes is also expected to take a seat.

    According to today’s Irish Times, Fine Gael is predicted to win two seats, Sinn Féin one, and Fianna Fáil will take the remaining two, unless high profile Green Party candidate, Mayo’s Saoirse McHugh, currently in fifth place, gets a big transfer from Independent Waterford Cllr Joe Conway.

    Mayo’s Paul Lawless of Aontu was eliminated from the count early in proceedings yesterday.

    When counting of votes on the Cultural and Educational panel is completed the sorting of votes for the Agriculture panel, with 25 candidates contesting 11 seats gets underway. Sinn Fein’s Gerry Murray and FG’s Paddy Burke are contesting for seats here, together with Ballindine native Pippa Hackett.

    Counting of votes on the National University of Ireland (NUI) and Trinity College panels also starts later today for three seats each and could take up to three days. Castlebar based Ann Staunton Barrett is contending on this panel.

    Independent Patsy O’Brien is looking for a seat on the Industrial and Commercial panel, as is Claremorris native Catherine Noone

  • Funding of over €71,000 has been announced for a new Day Care Centre which is being built in Claregalway.

    Govt Chief Whip and Galway West TD Séan Kyne has allocated €71,200 for the new Claregalway & District Day Care Centre, which will provide services for older people from Claregalway and the surrounding areas, and will accompany the sheltered homes on the same campus.

    This is in addition to a recent allocation of €350,000 for the project confirmed last month by Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly.

    Over €200,000 was raised by the local community for the facility, which is also being supported with funding from Western Alzheimers.