Senator Cáit KeaneSeanad Spokesperson on Environment & Local Government

Senator Cáit Keane entered public life as a Councillor at Dublin County Council in 1991. Cáit was re-elected at every subsequent election to the Council, topping the poll in the Rathfarnham ward in June 2009.

She was elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2011 on the Labour Panel. Cáit is Seanad spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government. Cáit is also on the Oireachtas Committee for Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht. In addition, Cáit sits on the Environment and Social Committee at the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, and is a member of the Fine Gael Internal Committee on Education, Skills and Social Protection.

In the Oireachtas, Cáit is vocal on matters concerning the environment, health, education and social issues. Since her election to the Seanad, Cáit has covered various environmental, public health, consumer and welfare matters including homelessness, female genital mutilation, the importance of the community/voluntary sector and housing issues (unfinished housing developments, mortgage relief etc.).

She is concerned with Ireland's high levels of emigration and unemployment, and advocates small Irish indigenous businesses.

Her priorities in the coming years are the environment, the promotion of positive energy solutions and sustainable development.

Her academic qualifications include a Diploma in Community Development B.A and a M.A. & Dip. in Montessori Education.


Keane calls for development of national framework on delivery of child community services

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) called for a national framework to be developed to ensure information is being shared effectively between agencies providing child community services.

Keane calls for life-saving EpiPens to be more easily available

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Tuesday) called on the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, to introduce measures to make life-saving adrenaline pens (EpiPens) more easily accessible in Ireland. EpiPens are used for the emergency treatment of life threatening allergic reactions.

Keane calls for review of commercial rates imposed on GAA, FAI and IRFU

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Cáit Keane, has today (Wednesday) called for a re-assessment of the new commercial rates set by Dublin City Council for Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium, after it was announced that rates will more than double on each stadium. Senator Keane added that the Government should re-examine the new Valuation Bill to include a derogation for sporting organisations.

Speech on the Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill

I welcome the Minister and commend her for bringing this important legislation before us. The Bill and the establishment of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs show how serious the Government is on this issue. I, too, acknowledge, what was done previously.

Physical education should be included in Leaving Cert points system

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Keane highlighted how important it is for students to learn about healthy eating and exercise.