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.

New purpose built crèche for Tallaght Hospital - Keane

A new purpose built crèche is to be established at Tallaght Hospital in conjunction with the new Paediatric Satellite Centre. “This is the culmination of a successful campaign to get a high quality purpose built childcare facility in the hospital”, says Fine Gael Dublin South- West Senator Cáit Keane.

Keane calls for full audit of upper floor unused commercial space in Dublin to help reduce numbers in emergency accommodation

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has said that unused upper floor commercial space in Dublin could help to reduce the numbers of people currently in emergency accommodation. Senator Keane was speaking after figures released today (Thursday) by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive show that the rough sleeper figures for Dublin are down 38% but the numbers in emergency accommodation is not decreasing.

Cross-departmental approach needed to improve standards in the childcare sector - Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has urged the Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, and the 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 while speaking at the Association of Childhood Professionals' rally outside Leinster House gates today (Tuesday).

National Gallery upgrade creating 300 jobs in Dublin

“The National Gallery upgrade is creating 300 jobs for Dublin and will be the pride of our city when it is finished”, says Fine Gael Dublin South- West Senator Cáit Keane.

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.