About Sean Canney
About Me : I come from a family farm in Belclare. I am married to Geraldine McHugh from Caherlistrane and we have 3 children, Kenneth, Shane and the late David. I am the son of Sheila and the late Christy Canney and one of a family of seven children. I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and lectured at GMIT prior to my election to the Dáil. My roots go deep into communities, having been involved in community activity since an early age. I am the PRO of the Belclare/Sylane Community Council and was Chairman during the period when we developed the Community Sports facility in Belclare. I was first elected to Galway County Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2009 and 2014. I served as Mayor of County Galway in 2007-2008. I was a member of the Planning and Economic Development SPC, Vice Chairperson of the Inter County Rail Committee and am member of Corofin GAA Club, having served as assistant secretary for a number of years. Following my election to the Dáil in February 2016 as a TD for Galway East, I was appointed to serve as Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief.
I want to ensure that Ireland will be a place where our children and grandchildren can build a decent life for themselves, where all people are treated equally and where our society looks after the most vulnerable. I am totally committed to doing everything within my power to achieve this. We need to empower the people and communities groups at local level. We need to challenge policies that do not make sense. We need to ensure that people are the priority.