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An tAire Stáit Séan Kyne

​A native of Moycullen, Co. Galway, Minister of State Seán Kyne attended St. Mary's College in Galway City before attaining a primary degree and Master's degree in Agricultural Science at NUI, Galway and UCD respectively.

For over a decade Minister of State Kyne worked as an agri-environmental consultant with particular responsibility for Rural Environmental Protection.

From 2004 – 2011 Minister of State Kyne served as a member of Galway County Council and since 2011 represents the constituency of Galway West and Mayo South in Dáil Éireann.

As a TD he has served on the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, as Vice Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs, and as Chairman of the Fine Gael Committee on Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The role of the Minister of State's Office is:

  • to liaise between the Minister of State and the Department;
  • to ensure that the Minister of State is briefed on all aspects and developments pertaining to matters under his remit;
  • to acknowledge written representations from members of the Oireachtas, other public sector representatives and members of
  • the public and forward them to the appropriate Division, Department or semi-State body for preparation of draft reply (for the Minister of State's signature);
  • to request pairings and liaise with the Chief Whip's Office with regards to Dail business;
  • to request speech material for the Minister of State's public engagements;
  • to liaise with the Department's Press Officer with regards to speeches and press releases;
  • to organise the Minister of State's national and international travel arrangements; and
  • to answer telephone queries from members of the Oireachtas and the public.