I am asking for your support in this election so that I can continue to represent you in Dáil Éireann. Together, we have made great progress – more people are at work, the public finances are back in order, and record investment is being made in transport, housing, healthcare, families and communities. However, we have to do more especially in the areas of health and housing. And we have to tackle challenges such as Brexit and Climate Action too.
It is a privilege to be your TD and if re-elected I pledge to continue to work for you locally and in Dáil Éireann. Please Vote Seán Kyne No. 1 on Saturday, 8th February. Go raibh míle maith agat.
Over the last three years we have invested over €190 million in roads in Galway City and County
The funding enabled:
- Design and planning for the Galway City Ring Road – Oral hearing to take place in February.
- Improvements to routes including Bóthar na dTreabh, the N6 in the City, all of the bridges over the Corrib and roads in the City including Knocknacarra, Salthill, Taylor’s Hill, Menlo and the City Centre.
Improvements to public transport have included new buses, new bus shelters, integrated ticketing and real time passenger information.
€2.9 million from the Urban Regeneration Fund to provide 11km of new cycle lanes and upgrading a further 7km.
The Budget for Education is the highest it has ever been. Since 2016 we have invested over €160 million on school buildings and equipment for pupils in Galway. This has included:
- New school buildings for Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh and Colaiste na Coiribe in Knocknacarra and Educate Together in Newcastle
- Upgraded facilities for Knocknacarra Educate Together and the Steiner School
- Improved facilities at schools including: Scoil Ríos Taylor’s Hill, Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Scoil Ide Salthill, Scoil Padraic Naofa (St. Pats) Lombard Street, Scoil Seamus Naofa Bearna, Dominican College Taylor’s Hill and Coláiste Éinde Salthill.
Works will take place next summer at Salerno School, Salthill.
Approval granted for Educate Together second level school for Galway/Oranmore.
All schools in Galway have received funding under the Minor Works Scheme and for IT equipment.
830 SNA’s supporting pupils across Galway – highest level ever.
Multi million euro investment in both NUI Galway (€15 million for the Hardiman Library) and GMIT (€25 million for the new STEM building).
Families and Community
Supporting communities is a key priority for me. Sensible, responsible and fair economic policies provide the resources to continue to support communities and families. Measures introduced include:
- New Universal Childcare Scheme, supporting all families.
- Increased Paid Parental Leave and expanded Unpaid Leave.
- Funding for childcare providers with extra places.
- €6.6 million to redevelop and expand Galway City Museum.
- €15 million for Galway 2020.
- €20 million to redevelop the Sportsground, the home of Connacht Rugby.
- €8 million for Galway Regional Aquatic and Fitness Centre in Knocknacarra.
- Annual funds for Galway’s animal welfare organisation.
- Sports Capital Funding for Galway sports clubs and facilities including:
Rahoon – Newcastle Hurling Club, Corrib Park Soccer Club, Hockey Pitch at Millar’s Lane, Westside Park Hurling, Galway City Sailing Club, Newcastle Amenity Centre, Corrib Rugby Football Club, Galway Lawn Tennis Club, Bohermore Hibs All Weather Pitch, Tribesmen Rowing Club, Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe, Corrib Boxing Club, 13th Galway Scouts, Galway Atlantic Athletic Club, Doughiska Ball Wall, Glen Oaks MUGA refusbishment, Mervue All Weather Pitch, Liam Mellows GAA Club and Merlin Woods.
Under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan over 2,300 new homes have been built in Galway.
House building in Galway is increasing with new homes built or underway in communities including Knocknacarra, Renmore, Castlegar, Ballybrit, Headford Road, Circular Road, Ballybane, Ballinfoyle and Doughiska.
State owned land being used for housing with Government funding to service sites.
Rent Pressure Zones are helping to control rents.
The “Help to Buy” Scheme and Rebuilding Ireland Home Loans introduced and working.
Legislation passed to provide more scrutiny and certainty for renters.
Over €10 million allocated to Galway for housing adaptation grants to help older people and people with a disability.
This year we are investing over €17 billion in our health service – the highest funding ever.
Targeted investment has enabled new facilities and services including:
- New 50 bed Mental Health Unit at UHG
- 75 single, ensuite room block at UHG
- New community-based alcohol treatment centre
- Extra ambulance staff and Air Ambulance Service
- Slaintecare funding for Galway is improving care for osteoarthritis, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, heart failure and cardiac care, dementia and Alzheimer’s, among others.
Other services introduced include:
- Free GP care for children
- Medical cards for every child with a disability
- GP visit cards for carers
- An extra 1 million in Home Help Hours in 2020
- Ring-fenced funding for the Fair Deal Scheme
Jobs and Business
Employment is up by over 20% in the West since 2016.
30,000 people in Galway are working in IDA and Enterprise Ireland backed companies.
Fine Gael has introduced Jobseekers, invalidity and treatment benefits for the self-employed people.
Paid Parental Leave and Paid Paternity Leave have been introduced and Parental Leave extended.
Over €10 million has been invested in Galway City based organisations including the PorterShed, Galway Technology Centre, Comhoibriú Creative Enterprise West at GMIT and SCCUL Enterprises to support job creation.