deputy Sean Canney

  • Galway East Independent deputy Seán Canney says it’s a very welcome move by Minister Denis Naughten  to make €700,000 available to remove stock piles of tyres from farms.

    The collection point for tyres in this region is Athenry Mart, Co. Galway and the date for collection is Saturday the 13th of October.

    The tyres will be collected by the Irish Farm Film Producers Group and they have agreed to the removal of tyres from farms through four Bring Centre collection points. Farmers must bring their herd numbers to these collection centres for verification purposes.

    Deputy Canney is encouraging  all farmers who have stock piles of tyres to bring them to Athenry and they will be disposed of. The cost to the farmer under this heavily subsidised scheme is 15 euro per tonne, for the first 3 tonne and after that the market price of 160 euro per tonne applies.

    The vast majority of tyres collected will be recycled in Ireland which will support Irish jobs’

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  • The Taoiseach has appointed Richard Bruton as Communications Minister to replace Denis Naughten who resigned on Thursday.

    A number of other ministerial appointments have been made as a result of the change.

    The new changes to cabinet announced by Leo Varadkar today will see Richard Bruton take over as Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

    That move will see former Chief Whip Joe McHugh take over as Minister for Education & Skills, the post vacated by Minister Bruton.

    Sean Kyne will take on the role of Minister for the Gaeltacht & the islands, he'll also assume the role of Chief Whip.

    Meanwhile Sean Canney has been promoted to the position of Minister of State at the Departments of Rural & Community Development and Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

    The Independent TDs appointment shores up his support for the government.

    All changes are subject to approval of the Dail and Cabinet - a vote on the appointments is due to take place on Tuesday.




  • Galway East TD and Minister of State Séan Canney has got involved in the row over the Green Schools teaching resource pack, which encourages schoolchildren to reduce their meat and dairy intake, and introduce Meatless Mondays.

    The issue was raised during the week by the IFA, who claimed An Taisce had overstepped their remit, and said the information contradicted advice from the Department of Health which says meat and dairy are essential for a balanced, healthy diet.

    Speaking on Midwest News on Friday, the Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton said he would not withdraw the teacher resource pack, as this would amount to censorship.

    However, Minister Séan Canney says An Taisce has gone over the top in encouraging children to reduce their meat and dairy intake.

    He says the proposed lesson plan by An Taisce contradicts nutritional advice from the Department of Health and is also at odds with the EU School Milk Scheme.

    Minister Canney also says farmers are being unfairly scape-goated, at a time when they're leading the way on climate action.