Minister Kyne

  • The Minister for the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Galway deputy Sean Kyne has today allocated €1.5 million to Gaeltacht schools in Galway, Mayo and Meath under the Irish Language Assistants Scheme.

    The funding is part of a national allocation by the Minister of almost €3.6 million over the next three years for the scheme which operates in 136 schools including 45 in Galway and 15 in Mayo.

    113 language assistants are employed under the scheme to strenghten Irish language skills among pupils with knock-on benefits for the language in the wider community.

    The Minister says he’s delighted to have secured extra investment for the Language Assistants Scheme. With €3.6 million nationally - €1.47 million in Galway, Mayo and Meath – participating schools will benefit from Irish language assistants for 32 weeks of the school year – an extra six weeks at primary level – and for 31 weeks at secondary schools.

  • Legislation is being introduced to compensate landowners affected by broadband cables running through counties Mayo and Galway.

    The Galway Mayo Ducting and Cables Telecommunications Network was installed as part of the Corrib Gas pipeline project between 2006 and 2008.

    The ducting runs for 132km from the Gas terminal site in Bellanaboy to Ballymoneen in county Galway, and the facility was gifted by Shell to the state.

    Legislation covering affected landowners along the route was yesterday brought before the Seanad by Galway West Minister Sean Kyne.

    The Bill gives right of access to private lands through which the ducting and cables pass to allow the company manage, operate and maintain the network, while minimizing impacts to landowners along the route and to provide compensation and safeguards to the landowners

    Speaking in the Seanad, Minister Kyne said the legislation is key to providing ultra high speed broadband.

    The network is being used at present by a multinational company and brings vital data traffic from North America via transatlantic cables across the Galway Mayo Network on to Dublin.

  • The Dail will vote today to approve a cabinet re-shuffle by the Taoiseach.

    Richard Bruton will be confirmed as the new Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment following the resignation last week of Roscommon’s Denis Naughten from the position.

    Joe McHugh will become the Minister for Education.

    Galway’s Sean Kyne will take up the role of Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Gaeltacht.

    Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney is set to become a junior minister at the Department of Communications and Rural Development.

  • Minister Seán Kyne has this afternoon launched a new SIRO rollout to provide Galway city with access to the most powerful broadband service in Ireland.

    The first homes in the county were connected to the network in Oranmore last week.

    The Galway rollout will see services powered by SIRO made available to approximately 30,000 premises across Galway city and the surrounding area.  SIRO will invest €20 million in the construction of its Gigabit broadband network. That is the largest single investment that the wholesale broadband operator will make in 2019.

    Using the existing ESB network, SIRO builds dedicated fibre-optic cables all the way to home or business premises, delivering speeds of 1 Gigabit per second or 15 times faster than the average broadband speeds in Ireland.

    For example, downloading a high definition (HD) film of 4 GB (Gigabytes) with a 10 Mbps connection takes an hour - with SIRO it takes 30 seconds.

    The network build will commence from SIRO points of Interconnect in Galway, Oranmore and Moneenageisha to cover 30 clusters in the Galway area bringing access to SIRO’s Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) technology, which is recognised as the gold standard for broadband connectivity internationally and is 100% fibre-optic, with no copper cable at any point to slow it down.

  • Government Chief Whip, Fine Gael TD for Galway West  Sean Kyne  has  called for planning permission for the new Emergency Department of University Hospital Galway to be sought without delay. The Minister expressed concerns regarding a decision to postpone seeking planning until after the completion of what’s termed an “options appraisal” report. 
    He says he is extremely concerned by the delay in the submission of a planning application by the Saolta Hospital Group. 

    The Minister’s call comes after after Saolta officials decided to delay lodging the planning application in order to carry out an appraisal which is due to be completed by the end of February, and  will evaluate the future use of both the Merlin Park and UHG sites.

    Minister Kyne states that “it is unacceptable and unthinkable that planning permission for the new ED, the design of which is finalised, has not yet been submitted and is being held up by a consultant’s report on healthcare facilities in Galway”. 

    “The current Emergency Department is not fit for purpose”, he says. “ It is neither an appropriate facility for the patients or the staff and was described as not fit for purpose by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny”.

     Minister Kyne told Midwest News that he knows that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Health Simon Harris are both of the same view and are anxious to make progress on the project. 

    “The issue of the proposed elective hospital in Merlin Park is a completely separate issue. The options appraisal does not impact on the need for a new emergency department, which is universally accepted. In the interests of patients across the West and of healthcare staff the planning application for the new Emergency Department must be submitted without delay”, he concluded. 

  • Minister Sean Kyne has confirmed the addition of a new ambulance crew on a 24-hour basis in Galway.

    The Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development and Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South says following discussions with Minister for Health, Simon Harris he can confirm that an additional ambulance crew has commenced operating from the Merlin Park base. 

    The new crew will bring to four the number of ambulance crews serving Galway from Merlin Park during the day and will bring to three new number of crews operating at night. 

    Minister Kyne says the additional ambulance services from Merlin Park will help ease pressure and in particular in areas such as Connemara as the need to call ambulances into the city will be reduced.