Seán Canney

Seán Canney
Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief
Assumed office
19 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Simon Harris
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
Constituency Galway East
Personal details
Born (1960-04-06) 6 April 1960
Belclare, Galway, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Geraldine McHugh
Children 3

Seán Canney is an Irish politician representing the Independent Alliance as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Galway East since 2016. He is currently the Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief.

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 - receiving 3,273 first preference votes (1.39 quota) in 2009[1] and 3,171 first preference votes (1.70 quota) in 2014.[2]

He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2011 general election in the Galway East constituency, receiving 5,567[3] first preference votes (0.47 quota).

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 Dáil Committee on Housing and Homelessness and served on that committee until his appointment as Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief [5] on May 19. He had previously voted for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.[6]


  1. " 2009 Local - Tuam First Preference Votes". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  2. " 2014 Local - Tuam First Preference Votes". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  3. " 31st Dáil - Galway East First Preference Votes". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  4. "Election 2016 - Galway East". Irish Times, 24-28 Tara Street, Dublin 2. Feb 27, 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.

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