Seán Canney

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Seán Canney
Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief
In office
19 May 2016 – 3 June 2017
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Simon Harris
Succeeded by Kevin "Boxer" Moran
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
Constituency Galway East
Personal details
Born (1960-04-06) 6 April 1960 (age 58)
Belclare, County Galway, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Geraldine McHugh (m. 1997)
Children 3
Alma mater Institute of Technology, Sligo

Seán Canney (born 6 April 1960) is an Irish Independent politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway East constituency since the 2016 general election.[1] He served as Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief from 2016 to 2017.

A native of Belclare, Tuam. Canney was campaign manager for his brother-in-law, Paddy McHugh, in the 2002 general election, in which McHugh successfully gained a seat in the Galway East constituency.

As an Independent, Canney was elected to Galway County Council in 2004, on his first attempt. He was re-elected in each of the subsequent local elections in 2009 and 2014. In both the 2009 and 2014 elections, he topped the poll in the Tuam electoral area[2]

He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2011 general election in the Galway East constituency, receiving 5,567[3] first preference votes.

He served as Mayor of County Galway for the term 2007–08, and served on a number of boards and committees. He joined the Independent Alliance in advance of the 2016 general election. In the general election of February 2016, he topped the poll in Galway East,[4] securing 8,447 first preference votes.

Following his election he was appointed a member of the Committee on Housing and Homelessness, he served on that committee until his appointment as Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, he served in the position from 2016 to 2017.[5] He voted for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach on the 6 May 2016.[6]

He advocates reopening the Western Rail Corridor to trains from Galway to Claremorris.[7][8]

He left the Independent Alliance in May 2018 but pledged his continued support for the government.[9]


  1. ^ "Mr. Seán Canney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  2. ^ " 2009 Local - Tuam". Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  3. ^ " 31st Dáil - Galway East First Preference Votes". Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Election 2016 - Galway East". The Irish Times. 27 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Taoiseach appoints four Ministers of State to Department of Health". Newstalk HQ, Marconi House, Digges Lane, Dublin 2. May 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Enda Kenny is re-elected as Taoiseach in the Dáil". Newstalk. 6 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Doyle, Kevin (5 May 2016). "Pressure mounts on FG to invest in Western Rail Corridor". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Western Rail Corridor crucial for the future development of the West". Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Canney announces departure from Independent Alliance". RTÉ News. 4 May 2018. 

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