Minister Sean Canney

  • Changes to the legislation that govern dog-breeding establishments are in the pipeline in an effort to tackle over-breeding in often squalid and inhumane conditions.

    Minister of State for Rural and Community Development, Galway based TD Sean Canney, also wants to tighten controls on the sale of animals to ensure they are not separated from their mothers before a certain age.

    And he wants the public’s input into what breeds should be tightly controlled or even banned, as is the case in other countries.

    Minister Canney recently visited the Limerick Animal Welfare Centre, where he saw at first hand the work that goes in to caring for and treating animals that have been cruelly abandoned.

    From litters of kittens abandoned in plastic bags by the side of a road to dogs abandoned by owners on remote roads, it is often left to shelters such as Limerick Animal Welfare to bring these animals back to full health and try to rehome them.

    Last year, following a public consultation process, Minister Canney’s Department published new Guidelines for Dog Breeding Establishments and these came into effect on January 1 of this year.

    Separate to the work on dog breeding establishments, Minister Canney also wants the public’s input into whether any breeds should be tightly controlled or even banned, as in the case in other countries.

    This review of measures relating to the control of dogs in Ireland will go to public consultation in the coming weeks and inputs from all sectors will be welcome

  • Galway County Council's has given the green light for a new Aldi store in Tuam town centre.

    The store will be located at the Glynn's Hardware site.

    Minister for Rural Affairs, local TD  Sean Canney says its positive news for Tuam, as he says when the store is developed, it will add enormously to the footfall for shopping in the town centre.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Minister Canney saiddevelopments like this in town centres play an important role in the regeneration of rural towns.

  • An extra 1,000 charging points for electric cars are to be rolled out across the country over the next 5 years, as part of the Government's Climate Action Plan.

    The Department of Communications, Environment & Climate Action will provide funding to local authorities to install a number of charge points in each county, to meet the current and future demand for electric cars.

    That's according to Minister of State Séan Canney.

    He says there's been a significant growth in the number of fully-electric and plug-in hybrids on Ireland's roads, and people need to know that they will be able to recharge their vehicles quickly and efficiently - particularly for longer journeys in rural Ireland.

    The new scheme will complement the introduction of charge points that are part of the ESB eCars project, which has received €10 million in Government funding.

  • 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.

  • People who are caught dumping illegally need to be brought before the courts and named and shamed - that's according to a Galway East TD, who has criticised a sharp increase in the activity as a result of Covid-19.

    The government has announced that one million euro from the Anti Dumping Initiative will be ring-fenced to tackle an increase of illegal dumping during the crisis.

    The Minister for Rural Affairs Sean Canney says his department is now giving local authorities advanced funding to clamp down on the illegal dumpers, and this will include supporting the installation of monitoring and surveillance equipment.

  • Irish Rural Link is hosting a free information meeting this evening in Tuam to provide information for the general public on how to more efficiently heat their homes, and to outline the range of grants available for Home Heating Schemes under SEAI.

    The information meeting takes place at the Corrlea Court Hotel in the Square in Tuam at 7.30pm.

    Tuam Based Minister Sean Canney is encouraging householders to atten.

  • Ragwort weed  (buachachalin) is poisonous to livestock and needs to be handled with care, according to Galway East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney.

    Minister Canney issued his warning after the recent humid weather led to a proliferation of ragwort/ buachalains along roadsides.

    He says farmers have to be particularly vigilant because ragwort can kill cattle and horses if it is ingested. 

    It is also toxic for people and can cause allergic reactions if it is absorbed through the skin.

    The public is advised to wear protective waterproof gardening gloves when handling ragwort plants and arms and legs should be covered. Face masks should also be worn to avoid inhaling the weed's pollen which can cause hay fever.

    Ragwort can be recognised by its small yellow flowers. Plants that are pulled should be destroyed or put into landfill.

    Minister Canney says local authorities and Transport Infrastructure Ireland are responsible for the removal of weeds from main roads and motorways, but  farmers also have the responsibility to ensure their lands are ragwort free .

  • Galway East TD and Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Seán Canney has called for research groups to seek funding from the Government's €4 million programme for 2019 for projects aimed at greening Ireland's national energy supply.

    The National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration funding programme is a Government initiative that funds innovative energy research projects.

    Minister Canney says the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland - SEAI - funded some excellent projects in last year's round, including a project led by Dr Miriam Byrne at NUI Galway, where researchers have been collaborating with colleagues at University College Dublin to investigate the effectiveness of ventilation systems in A-rated energy efficient homes.

    "Galway-based pharmaceutical company, Westway Health, also received funding from the SEAI to work in partnership with NUIG researchers to examine ways of reducing greenhouse emissions from slurry.

    "Westway has developed an antimicrobial additive that is safe for humans, animals and the environment that is now being assessed for its effectiveness in producing biogas energy from slurry."

    The Galway projects were among 52 awards made under the programme last year.

    Applications are accepted from companies, public sector and semi-state bodies and research organisations, including universities, Institutes of Technology and publicly-funded institutions.

    Applications open from today (January 21) and will close on March 7.

  • Primary and post primary students are being encouraged to come up with One Good Idea about energy saving and climate action and then to make a short film about it.

    Galway East TD and Minister of State for Climate Action and the Environment Seán Canney is urging students to take part in the One Good Idea competition that is being run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

    This year SEAI is asking students to make a one-minute film encapsulating their idea and to launch a creative awareness campaign about it in their community.

    Minister Canney said: "The film and campaign should show people how having One Good Idea can make a difference in terms of savings, energy efficiency and climate action.

    Students need to register and submit a proposal by Friday October 18.

    The national final will be held in Dublin in April.

    Teams can be made up of between two and six students and teachers can register teams online.

    For further details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

  • Sean Canney, the Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development & Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment will today launch the Smart Community initiative in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.

    The Smart Community initiative will enable communities all over Ireland to discover and experience what is possible with digital technology and content, Minister Canney claims.

    He says Smart Communities is a new approach that will bring exposure to digital content and technology out into the community and support people to discover the value of using digital in their daily lives. By working together and combining existing assets and resources under a shared vision the community will maximise its reach, impact and engagement of current schemes and programmes. 

    The Smart Community initiative has the potential, he believes, in combination with local authority Digital Strategies, to deliver enhanced demand stimulation for uptake of High Speed Broadband services in urban and rural communities.

    Further rollout of this initiative to other communities throughout the State will commence shortly.

  • Property owners are being urged to sign up to a new system aimed at tackling rural crime.

    The Property Marking Ireland programme is being set up by government in the hope of creating an extra barrier for thieves.

    It involves marking equipment or machinery with a person's unique 7-digit Eircode.

    It means in the case of a theft, Gardai can trace it back to its owner if recovered.

    Galway East TD and Minister of State for Rural Affairs Sean Canney says the system will make thieves think twice:

  • New grants have been launched for dairy farmers to switch to climate friendly milk pumps.

    The energy efficient pumps significantly reduce costs and carbon emissions.

    The money is available through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and will fund up to 40 per cent of the cost of the pumps.

    Galway East TD and Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Sean Canney is urging farmers to apply for grants that could save them hundreds of euro in energy bills each year.

  • New measures have been introduced to extend a range of vehicle requirements, including NCT tests and driving licences. The extensions follow the closure of a number of Road Safety Authority Services because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The move has been welcome by Minister Sean Canney. He told Midwest News today that under the new measures, the following have come into effect in relation to vehicle testing:

    • NCT –vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March 2020 have that test date extended by 4 months.
    • Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests (CVRT) – vehicles with a test that was or will be due on or after 28 March have that test date extended by 3 months.

    The following steps have been taken in relation to driver licensing –

    • Driving licences due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months.
    • Learner Permits due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had their date of expiry extended by 4 months.
    • Driver Theory Test certificates due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months
    • Certificates of Competency – issued when people pass a driving test and required when applying for a first full driving licence - due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months.
    • Initial Basic Training certificates for motorcycle learners due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 inclusive have had that date extended by 4 months.

    Minister Canney said: "Many people have been rightly concerned about the fact that their certificates or licences are due to expire. These measures will set their minds at ease. Businesses should also be reassured that from today (Tuesday April 21) Certificates of Roadworthiness will not be necessary to tax a commercial vehicle, in line with previous arrangements announced for private cars. I am pleased that Insurance Ireland has said its members will treat licences and certificates as valid for the extended four month period. Gardai are also fully aware of the new arrangements and will act accordingly. It is important however that everyone is aware that motor tax for both private and commercial vehicles can be renewed online at Motor tax offices are also continuing to process postal applications."

  • Tuam-based Minister of State Sean Caney says he's hopeful that long-running dispute over wages and conditions for school secretaries can be resolved shortly, following a u-turn by Education Minister Joe McHugh.

    The Department of Education had been refusing to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission in relation to the dispute, but has now said it's willing to participate in discussions with Forsa at the WRC.

    There's a 2-tier system of payment for school secretaries -as only a small percentage are paid directly by the Department, and those paid indirectly have lower wages and no pension entitlements.

    Deputy Séan Canney says he brokered the behind-the-scenes talks that led to Minister McHugh agreeing to talks with the trade union, and he hopes it's a breakthrough in the dispute which has been going on for decades....