Senator Cáit KeaneSeanad Spokesperson on Environment & Local Government

Senator Cáit Keane entered public life as a Councillor on Dublin County Council in 1991. Cáit is the Fine Gael candidate for the Dublin South West bye-election and was selected for this on July 22nd 2014. 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.

World Day Against Trafficking highlights need for action on modern day slavery - Keane

Fine Gael Senator and the Party’s candidate in the upcoming Dublin South-West bye-election, Cáit Keane, has said that the first UN World Day Against Trafficking, which takes place today (Wednesday), highlights the need for cross border action on what is essentially modern day slavery. Senator Keane has also urged the Government to publish second National Action Plan to Prevent and Combat the Trafficking of Human Beings, which is currently being prepared by the Department of Justice.

Folic acid food fortification should be mandatory - Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) called on the Food Safety Authority, to introduce mandatory folic acid food fortification and to have a renewed public health campaign to promote the importance of taking folic acid pre pregnancy. The Senator made her calls in response to the findings of a new study carried out by the UCD centre for human reproduction and the HSE Eurocat Registers, which reveals that there has been a rise of 10% in neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly in babies since 2009.

Keane calls on HSE to reverse decision to close Small World Crèche in Tallaght Hospital

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) called on the Board of Management of Tallaght Hospital (ANMCH) to reverse their controversial decision to close the Small World crèche in the hospital.

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.