Minister Sean Canney

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.