Seán Canney

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Seán Canney

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Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development
In office
16 October 2018 – 27 June 2020
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded bySeán Kyne
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief
In office
19 May 2016 – 3 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded bySimon Harris
Succeeded byKevin "Boxer" Moran
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyGalway East
Personal details
Born (1960-04-06) 6 April 1960 (age 60)
Belclare, County Galway, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Independent Alliance
(2016–18)
Spouse(s)Geraldine McHugh (m. 1997)
Children3
Alma materInstitute of Technology, Sligo
Websiteseancanney.com

Seán Canney (born 6 April 1960) is an Irish Independent politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway East constituency since 2016. He served as Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development from 2018 to 2020 and Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief from 2016 to 2017.[1]

A native of Belclare, Tuam, County Galway. Canney was campaign manager for his brother-in-law, Paddy McHugh, in the 2002 general election, in which McHugh gained a seat in the Galway East constituency.[citation needed]

As an Independent candidate, Canney was elected to Galway County Council in 2004, on his first attempt. He was re-elected in each of the subsequent local elections in 2009 and 2014. In both the 2009 and 2014 elections, he topped the poll in the Tuam local electoral area.[2]

He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2011 general election in the Galway East constituency, receiving 5,567 first preference votes.[2]

He served as Mayor of County Galway for the term 2007 to 2008, and served on a number of boards and committees. He joined the Independent Alliance in advance of the 2016 general election. At the 2016 general election, he topped the poll in Galway East, securing 8,447 first preference votes.[3]

He voted for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach on 6 May 2016.[4] He was appointed a member of the Committee on Housing and Homelessness, serving until his appointment as Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, he served in the position from 2016 to 2017.[5]

He advocates reopening the Western Rail Corridor to trains from Galway to Claremorris.[6][7]

He left the Independent Alliance in May 2018, but pledged his continued support for the government.[8]

On 13 October 2018, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with special responsibility for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development.[9] He stayed in office until the formation of a new government on 27 June 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seán Canney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Seán Canney". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Election 2016 - Galway East". The Irish Times. 27 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Enda Kenny is re-elected as Taoiseach in the Dáil". Newstalk. 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Taoiseach appoints four Ministers of State to Department of Health". Newstalk HQ, Marconi House, Digges Lane, Dublin 2. 19 May 2016.
  6. ^ Doyle, Kevin (5 May 2016). "Pressure mounts on FG to invest in Western Rail Corridor". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Western Rail Corridor crucial for the future development of the West". seancanney.com. Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Canney announces departure from Independent Alliance". RTÉ News. 4 May 2018.
  9. ^ Fitzgerald, Martina (13 October 2018). "Bruton named Minister for Communications, McHugh named Minister for Education". RTÉ News.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Simon Harris
Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Kevin "Boxer" Moran
Preceded by
Seán Kyne
Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development
2018–2020
Succeeded by
Office abolished