Seán Kyne appointed to Seanad Éireann by Leo Vardakar

Former Galway West TD Seán Kyne will remain in politics after being appointed to the Seanad today.

Mr Kyne was appointed today by Leo Vardakar, replacing the outgoing Frank Feighan.

Mr Feighan was recently elected as a TD in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency having been nominated by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Seanad in 2016.

Taoiseach Leo Vardakar said: “Seán is an excellent local representative who has worked tirelessly for his constituents in Galway West.

“He has never been afraid to take principled positions and he performed his duties as Chief Whip in the previous Dáil with exceptional tact and ability.”

The Taoiseach also said that Kyne will also continue in his role as Minister for the Gaeltacht.

Mr Kyne lost his seat in the General Election after Fine Gael colleague Hildeguard Naughton won the fifth and final seat on the 13th count.

The Moycullen native had previously told the Galway Pulse that he was unsure if he would continue in politics after the election.

Mr Kyne faced backlash in his constituency for his support of the controversial direct provision centre in Oughterard. He also supported the building of social housing in his native Moycullen.

He was first elected to the Dáil in 2011 having served the Connemara electoral area on Galway County Council since 2004.

He went on to serve as Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

In 2018 he was appointed Government Chief Whip and Minister of State the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands.

As one of 11 Seanad members appointed by the Taoiseach, Mr Kyne does not have to contest the upcoming Seanad election.

43 Senators will be elected to five vocational panels by the 160 incoming TDs, the outgoing 60 Senators and city and county councillors, an electorate totalling about 1,200 people.

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