Minister Sean Kyne

  • Businesses across Mayo, Galway and Roscommon are encouraged to attend the launch of the new Regional Enterprise Plan for the area taking place on Monday.

    The launch of the Regional Enterprise Plan for the West, the third of nine such events nationwide will be held at Portershed Galway at 9am on Monday.

    The plan will be launched by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys and then Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sean Kyne.

    Minister Kyne says the West has shown great progress in employment levels since the launch of our Regional Action Plan in early 2015.

  • Cabinet Ministers have approved legislation to allow people living on islands to vote on the same day as the mainland.

    Islands off the Mayo, Galway and Donegal coasts usually vote two days before the rest of the country in elections and referenda.

    The Minister with responsibility for the islands Sean Kyne says that, with improved transport services to and from islands in recent years, same-day voting is more practical and should be introduced.

    His Galway West colleague, Fianna Fail TD Eamon O'Cuiv had introduced the Islands Voting Bill, which was approved at today's Cabinet meeting.

    Minister Kyne says this decision will enable the electoral legislation to proceed to Committee Stage.

     

     

  • Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne TD, has announced today that his Department has reached agreement with Galway Aviation Services Limited (trading as Aer Arann Islands) in relation to the Aran Islands air service and Connemara Airport.

    Under this arrangement, Heads of Agreement setting out a process under which negotiations can proceed with regard to the potential purchase of Connemara Airport by the Department, has been signed by both parties.

    The contract under which the airport is made available for the provision of the air service has been extended up until September 2021 and Aer Arann Islands has agreed to continue providing the air service up until 20 December 2018.  These agreements will allow both parties to conclude the above-mentioned negotiations in the months ahead.  Also during this period, the Department will immediately issue a Request for Tender for interim service, under a contract which will operate from 21st December 2018 to 30th September 2019.  A further tender process to award a four-year contract will be undertaken while this short-term contract is in operation.

  • Funding of half a million euro has been allocated to support local communities on non-Gaeltacht islands. 

    The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, Gaeltacht and Islands Sean Kyne has announced a grant of over €490,000 to support the work of community development companies on islands including Clare Island and Inisturk in Mayo, Inishbofin in Galway, Bere & the Sherkin Islands in Cork among others. 

    In addition €22,700 has been approved for Comhar na nOilean Teo to support its work across several islands including the Aran Islands. 

  • A Galway based Minister says that funding for a new water safety initiative will save lives in Galway.

    Minister for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Sean Kyne was reacting to news of funding of €24,000 for the initiative in the River Corrib in Galway.

    The funding is being provided for the ‘River Corrib Thermal Image Monitoring Project’ under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Digital Innovation Programme.

    Minister Kyne said the project will use thermal imaging technology along the banks of the Corrib in the city to detect persons entering the river and will issue an automated message to An Garda Siochana. By providing this early warning system the emergency and rescue services will be able to act faster to help persons who are in distress and ultimately save lives.

    “The River Corrib Thermal Image Monitoring Project is a great example of how technology can be harnessed for the benefit of people and communities, and in particular people who may be vulnerable.

    “When Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development I secured funding for the first Digital Innovation Programme and I’m delighted that Ministers Michael Ring and Seán Canney have today allocated funding of over €450,000 for new projects across the country.

    “Other projects being supported include free public wifi along the Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly, funding to tackle a mobile coverage blackspot in Dongeal, as well as funding to develop ‘Digital Discovery Points’ along the Wild Atlantic Way. All of the projects, including the River Corrib project, are pilot projects that will, it is hoped, provide a template from which to introduce similar projects in communities across the country.”

  • 200 new jobs are being announced this morning for Galway City.

    US company Genesys, which specialises in omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions, is announcing the creation of 200 jobs at an event in Galway this morning.

    Earlier this year, the company bought out Altocloud in Galway.

    The decision of Genesys to acquire Altocloud and establish a new centre of operations creating 200 new highly-skilled tech jobs in Galway has been welcomed this morning by Galway-based Minister of State Séan Kyne.

    It's understood the new jobs are in high-end artificial intelligence research and development.

    Genesys, which makes and sells customer experience software, has more than 10,000 corporate customers in 100 countries, including some of the world's biggest tech firms such as BT, Microsoft, Oracle and Airbnb.

     

  • A historic twinning agreement has been signed in Co Galway this morning between Ireland and Canada.

    Minister of State Séan Kyne laid a wreath this morning at Derrygimlagh Bog near Clifden - the site where the first-ever non-stop translatlantic flight landed 100 years ago.

    British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Browne flew a modified World War One bomber from Newfoundland in Canada to Clifden, creating history.

    As part of the Alcock & Brown Centenary Commemoration, Minister Kyne was joined by relatives of the two aviators, and also signed a twinning agreement with representatives from Parks Canada.

    The arrangement twins the Connemara National Park and Marconi Station here with Terra Nova National Park and Signal Hill National Historic Site in Canada.

  • Sunday 18th April 2021 will be Ireland's next Census Day.

    The census is held every five years, and Galway West TD and Minister of State Séan Kyne - who has responsibility for the Central Statistics Office- has confirmed that, taking into account a number of factors including Easter, Sunday 18th April has been chosen as Census Day 2021.

    Minister Kyne says it's envisaged that the Census will ask up to 32 questions on a variety of issues - including housing, transport, citizenship, language, health and education.

    He says the statistics provided by the Census help shape policies and programmes across Government departments.

     

     

     

  • Galway-based Chief Whip and Minister of State Séan Kyne has today announced a new fund worth €250,000, to provide third-level students with an opportunity to live with Gaeltacht families for three months, while attending a third-level course for an entire semester.

    A subsidy worth €17 per day will be provided, enabling third-level colleges to offer a semester in the Gaeltacht to their students. 

    This amounts to a subsidy worth up to almost €1500 per student and will be payable to families providing accomodation.

    The measure is expected to accomodate up to 175 students who have Irish as a core subject in their University course, or who require a high level of competency in Irish to work in the public service.

     

  • Shannon Airport may be used as a link base with the Aran Islands if efforts to resolve difficulties with the contract held by Aer Arann Islands fail. That’s according to today’s Irish Times.

    However, the Department of the Gaeltacht and Islands has offered to discuss a possible purchase of the Connemara airstrip owned by Independent Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh which serves the three islands.

    Incoming Minister for Gaeltacht and Islands Seán Kyne said the department “will be talking” to Shannon Airport authorities about flying in there after December 6th if no agreement is reached with the present carrier.

    He said the department is also “progressing” arrangement of a short-term contract competition. This is to ensure the service continues and it is also looking at possible acquisition of a site to build its own airstrip in the long term if there is no agreement.

  • The Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Séan Kyne, will be in the Mayo Gaeltacht village of Eachléim today to officially open UISCE's new centre.

    The Irish language college & education centre started out in Elly Bay, Belmullet in 1992, and has now opened a second site in Eachléim.

    Founded by ex-Air Corps Captain Ciarán O' Murchú, UISCE is the only fulltime Adventure Centre run through the medium of Irish, where the language is taught through fun outdoor adventure activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, orienteering, climbing, archery and team-building games.

    Over 3,500 students attend courses in UISCE each year, and the addition of a second centre allows for an increase of 220 students per year during the Summer course season.

    UISCE currently employs 15 fulltime and 10 part-time staff, as well as 134 seasonal staff and 20 local Bean an Tí's in the north Mayo Gaeltacht.

    Minister Séan Kyne is due in Eachléim at lunchtime today to officially open UISCE's new centre.

     

     

  • A Galway based Minister says a new Housing Delivery Taskforce for the county, will help the local authorities in Galway to deliver housing more quickly and consistently.

    The taskforce has been established by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and will be chaired by Ms Geraldine Tallon, former Department Secretary General, who currently chairs the Cork Housing Delivery Taskforce.

    The membership of the taskforce will consist of the Chief Executives of Galway City and County Councils, the Directors of Housing and housing department staff at the councils, senior officials at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, as well as a representative of the Approved Housing Body sector.

    Minister Kyne says despite multi-million investment in housing in a number of city and county locations in Galway in recent years, it is clear the progress on the delivery of new housing in Galway is too slow.

  • A new online facility for the purchase of dog licences, a joint initiative between Local Authorities and An Post called “Go Live” was launched yesterday by Galway based Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Mr Seán Kyne.

    One-year individual dog licences costing €20 are still available at Post Offices and Local Authority offices, but are also now available through the new online facility at www.licences.ie.  Dog owners can also now buy a “Lifetime of Dog” licence costing €140, valid for the dog’s lifetime, using the new online facility or at their local post office or at their Local Authority office.  This licence is non-refundable and non-transferrable. 

    Minister Kyne congratulated the County and City Management Association, the Local Authorities, An Post and all involved in the development of the online facility.

    The facility is part of a new National Dog Register Database which is currently being rolled out across the country by Local Authorities.  This will reduce the administrative work required when processing applications and payments for dog licences, providing a better service for dog owners.  It will also give increased availability of information to allow Local Authorities, both management and wardens, to fulfil their duties.

  • The Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Séan Kyne, was in the Mayo Gaeltacht village of Eachléim today to officially open UISCE's new centre.

    The Irish language college & education centre started out in Elly Bay, Belmullet in 1992, and has now opened a second site in Eachléim.

    Founded by ex-Air Corps Captain Ciarán O' Murchú, UISCE is the only fulltime Adventure Centre run through the medium of Irish, where the language is taught through fun outdoor adventure activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, orienteering, climbing, archery and team-building games.

    Over 3,500 students attend courses in UISCE each year, and the addition of a second centre allows for an increase of 220 students per year during the Summer course season.

    UISCE currently employs 15 fulltime and 10 part-time staff, as well as 134 seasonal staff and 20 local Bean an Tí's in the north Mayo Gaeltacht.

    Ciaran O Murchu has been telling Midwest News this evening that the Minister confirmed that he be approving a running grant for UISCE of €225,000 over the next three years.