Seán Canney (born 6 April 1960) is an Irish Independent politician who has served as Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development since October 2018. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway East constituency since 2016. He previously served as Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief from 2016 to 2017.
|Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development|
|Assumed office |
16 October 2018
|Preceded by||Seán Kyne|
|Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief|
19 May 2016 – 3 June 2017
|Preceded by||Simon Harris|
|Succeeded by||Kevin "Boxer" Moran|
|Assumed office |
|Born||6 April 1960|
Belclare, County Galway, Ireland
|Spouse(s)||Geraldine McHugh (m. 1997)|
|Alma mater||Institute of Technology, Sligo|
A native of Belclare, Tuam, County Galway. Canney was campaign manager for his brother-in-law, Paddy McHugh, in the 2002 general election, in which McHugh successfully gained a seat in the Galway East constituency.
As an Independent, Canney was elected to Galway County Council in 2004, on his first attempt. He was re-elected in each of the subsequent local elections in 2009 and 2014. In both the 2009 and 2014 elections, he topped the poll in the Tuam local electoral area.
He served as Mayor of County Galway for the term 2007 to 2008, and served on a number of boards and committees. He joined the Independent Alliance in advance of the 2016 general election. At the 2016 general election, he topped the poll in Galway East, securing 8,447 first preference votes.
Following his election he was appointed a member of the Committee on Housing and Homelessness, he served on that committee until his appointment as Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, he served in the position from 2016 to 2017. He voted for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach on the 6 May 2016.
He was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on 13 October 2018.
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- Doyle, Kevin (5 May 2016). "Pressure mounts on FG to invest in Western Rail Corridor". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
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- "Canney announces departure from Independent Alliance". RTÉ News. 4 May 2018.
- Fitzgerald, Martina (13 October 2018). "Bruton named Minister for Communications, McHugh named Minister for Education". RTÉ News.
| Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief
Kevin "Boxer" Moran
| Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development