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.


Affordable Housing must be reinstated for Dublin area in new planning and development legislation- Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has called on Minister of State with responsibility for Housing, Paudie Coffey, to re- instate an affordable housing provision for the Dublin area in newly proposed planning legislation. Senator Keane was speaking after the presentation of various Irish planning stakeholders to the Joint Oireachtas Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht Committee meeting this week where the general scheme of the Planning and Development (no. 1) Bill 2014 was discussed. Social housing provision, development contributions, a vacant site levy and planning permissions were the main issues addressed at the meeting.

Keane calls for cross-departmental approach to improve standards in the childcare sector

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has called on the Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD, to introduce a strong cross departmental approach in order to improve standards in the childcare sector. The Senator made her comments in the context of the Seanad debate on 'Improving the Quality of Early Years Education' today (Thursday).

Proceeds of gambling should be shared among all sports - Keane

“The proceeds of gambling should be shared among all sports, not just the horse and greyhound industry”, says Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Cáit Keane.

Increased supports for older people in the new HSE service plan - Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) welcomed the increased supports for older people in the new HSE Service Plan. Senator Keane was speaking following the announcement of an additional €10 million for the Fair Deal Scheme, the allocation of additional beds to deal with delayed discharges and the provision of increased supports to help older people stay in their own homes if they wish.

Keane welcomes change to valuation legislation

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) said she is very pleased that for not-for-profit community childcare providers are to be exempt from commercial rates. Senator Keane was speaking after the Minister of State in the Department of Finance, Simon Harris TD, with the agreement of the majority of Seanad members introduced an amendment to the Valuation (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012, which will exempt up to 1,000 Community Childcare providers.