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Seán Kyne (born 7 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 Rural Affairs and Natural Resources from 2017 to 2018 and Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources from 2016 to 2017.[1][2]

Seán Kyne
TD
Seán Kyne 2017.jpg
Government Chief Whip
Assumed office
16 October 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Preceded by Joe McHugh
Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands
Assumed office
16 October 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Preceded by Joe McHugh
Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources
In office
20 June 2017 – 16 October 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Seán Canney
Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs
and Natural Resources
In office
19 May 2016 – 20 June 2017
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Joe McHugh
Succeeded by Office abolished
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Galway West
Personal details
Born (1975-05-07) 7 May 1975 (age 43)
Moycullen, County Galway, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Avril Kyne (m. 2014)
Children 1
Education St Mary's College, Galway
Alma mater
Website seankyne.ie

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]

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 in 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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr. 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. ^ a b c "Seán Kyne". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  6. ^ a b Lorna Siggins (2 March 2011). "FG's Kyne wins final seat in Galway". Irish Times. Retrieved 2 March 2011.

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