Seán Kyne

Seán Kyne (born 16 May 1975) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands since October 2018. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency since 2011. He previously served as Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development from 2017 to 2018 and Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources from 2016 to 2017.[1][2]

Seán Kyne

Government Chief Whip
Assumed office
16 October 2018
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byJoe McHugh
Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands
Assumed office
16 October 2018
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byJoe McHugh
Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development
In office
20 June 2017  16 October 2018
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded bySeán Canney
Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources
In office
19 May 2016  20 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byJoe McHugh
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
ConstituencyGalway West
Personal details
Born (1975-05-16) 16 May 1975
Moycullen, County Galway, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Avril Kyne (m. 2014)
EducationSt Mary's College, Galway
Alma mater
Websiteseankyne.ie

Personal life

He is from Moycullen, County Galway. He attended St Mary's College, Galway, then NUI Galway and University College Dublin, studying agricultural science in both (primary degree in Galway and master's degree in Dublin).[3][4]

Politics

At the 2004 local elections, he was elected to Galway County Council for the Connemara electoral area.[5] He was re-elected to Galway County Council in 2009, having unsuccessfully contested Galway West at the 2007 general election.[5] He was also unsuccessful at the 2007 election to the 23rd Seanad, when he stood for the Agricultural Panel.[5]

His election in Galway West was the last result to be declared at the 2011 general election. When the result showed victory for Kyne over the Independent candidate Catherine Connolly by a margin of 17 votes, she sought a full recount, which concluded after a total of four days of counting but did not change the outcome.[6] His victory gave Fine Gael two seats in Galway West for the first time since 1982.[6] He was re-elected at the 2016 general election. He was appointed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources in May 2016.

In June 2017, he became Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, but following a cabinet reshuffle in October 2018, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appointed him as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands.

References

  1. "Seán Kyne". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  2. "Galway West". RTÉ News. Election 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  3. Collins, Stephen (2011). Nealon's Guide to the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 115. ISBN 9780717150595.
  4. "The Ministers". Archived from the original on 9 March 2018.
  5. "Seán Kyne". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  6. Lorna Siggins (2 March 2011). "FG's Kyne wins final seat in Galway". Irish Times. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Frank Fahey
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Galway West
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe McHugh
Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
New office
Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Seán Canney
Preceded by
Joe McHugh
Government Chief Whip
2018–present
Incumbent
Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands
2018–present
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