Originally a farmer, he was first elected to Dáil Éireann at a by-election on 29 October 1947 in the Tipperary constituency, following the death of the sitting Clann na Talmhan Teachta Dála (TD), William O'Donnell. Clann na Poblachta party leader Seán MacBride was elected on the same day in a by-election in the Dublin County constituency.
Kinane was re-elected at the 1948 general election for the Tipperary North constituency, but lost his seat at the 1951 general election. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1954 general election.
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