Seán Kyne TD

Seán Kyne was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011 and represents the constituency of Galway West which encompasses the City, Oranmore/Claregalway and Connemara.

From 2004 to 2011, Seán was a member of Galway County Council for the Connemara Electoral Area.

Seán lives in Clydagh which is just outside his home village of Moycullen. He attended St. Mary's College in Galway City before attaining a degree and Master's degree in Agricultural Science at NUI Galway and UCD respectively.

For 11 years, Sean worked as an agri-environmental consultant with particular responsibility for the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme.

Since election in 2011 Seán has worked on a variety of issues including:

- Encouraging job creation whether by highlighting barriers to employment including rates, access to credit, access to the Financial Ombudsman, or by contributing to the debates on the Jobs Action Plan and the Jobs Initiative.

- Highlighting the ever-present need for the Outer Bypass and ensuring that the project is in a state of readiness pending a decision from Europe; contacting the NRA and NTA regarding other transport, including public, issues in Galway.

- Supporting the maintenance of the Social Protection budget which provides a vital safety net and support base which all citizens will need at some point and pressing for reform of the Social Welfare system e.g. the IT system, the management practices and so forth to ensure that the reduced resources reach those who most need them.

- Educational issues and emphasising, particularly among urban TDs, the importance of rural, DEIS and Gaeltacht schools to their respective communities;

- Energy sources including the issue of how to maximise the benefits from renewable energy sources particularly for schools and small, local businesses.

- Agricultural issues affecting Galway's farming community.

- Turf-cutting on bogs, particularly in Connemara.

- Financial advice and supports available to people, particularly mortgage holders, and the regulation of such services.

- An Ghaeilge and how we can work to protect and promote our linguistic heritage as a living language.

- Working to build a fair and equal society where the rights of all, including gay and lesbian citizens, persons with a disability and the elderly, are respected and vindicated.

Fianna Fáil misleading rural Ireland on post offices

Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Sean Kyne, has today (Tuesday) criticised Fianna Fáil for misleading the people of rural Ireland on the matter of post offices and stated that the Government has a plan to secure the future of An Post.

Legislation published to ease the burden on families of Irish people who die abroad - Kyne

Fine Gael TD for Galway West/Mayo South, Sean Kyne, has welcomed the publication today (Thursday) of the Civil Registration Amendment Bill 2014. The Bill contains an array of changes to the Civil Registration Act of 2004 which were previously called for by Deputy Kyne, including the creation of a new register of Irish persons who die abroad and the provision of a new Irish-issued certificate of death.

Streamlining of workplace relations bodies is positive for workers - Kyne

Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Sean Kyne, has welcomed the streamlining of workplace relations bodies, saying it is a positive move for workers.

Kyne proposal given green light as €200,000 granted to renew and upgrade Mountain Rescue equipment

Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South, Seán Kyne, has today (Thursday), welcomed the news that a new €200,000 Capital Grant Scheme has been launched to provide a once-off grant to Mountain Rescue Teams.

Irish SMEs benefitting from public procurement process - Kyne

Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Sean Kyne, has welcomed the renewed commitment by the Government to ensure SMEs benefit from opportunities presented by the public sector procurement process. Deputy Kyne was speaking after a Dáil debate this week in which he questioned the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, on the new office of public procurement and the measures being taken to ensure Irish SMEs can maximise opportunities to win public contracts.