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2009 Elected to Galway City Council
2011 Elected Mayor of Galway City
2013 Appointed to Seanad Eireann
Hildegarde is a native of Oranmore
and lives in Galway City


Maree National School

Maree NS
I was delighted to attend the official opening of Maree National School on Friday June 26th 2015. Bishop Martin Drennan officiated with a blessing  of the long awaited state-of-the-art building.

M17/M18 Gort/Tuam Motorway

The construction of the 53 km motorway and the 4 km Tuam Bypass dual carriageway - part of the Atlantic Corridor on the west coast - will take thousands of vehicles out of Clarinbridge, Claregalway and Tuam each day. It will be constructed as a Public Private Partnership project. There will be no tolls on the route. Hundreds of jobs will be created during the construction process, which will bring major economic benefit to towns adjacent to the route. I am delighted to see the Government deliver on this project.

Sports Capital Programme

I was delighted to recently secure substantial Sports Capital Funding for two Oranmore projects. Galway Bay Sailing Club, (pictured right) received a grant of €42,000. The club is the largest sailing club in County Galway with over 200 members. GBSC built its club house in 1978 in Rinville Oranmore, Co.Galway. Since then GBSC has promoted and facilitated sailing on Galway Bay for its many members over the years and has hosted many international sailing events.

I was also delighted to be able to deliver €47,000 for Oranmore Park Committee. This funding will go towards the refurbishment of the Oranmore Community Centre and will assist in much needed work on the roof, heating and electrical systems. The upgrade of the facilities has been hugely beneficial to the Oranmore area and the committee hopes to continue to build on the success afforded by these improvements through continued promotion and encouragement of young people’s involvement in sport.

On October the 8th the Government announced the latest round of Sports Capital Grants. I am delighted to say that Galway received an allocation of €2,230,045. Among those in receipt of funding are;
  • Claregalway Handball Club €95,000
  • Colga FC €95,000
  • Cregmore Claregalway Football Club €30,000
  • Galway Bay Sailing Club – Oranmore €42,000
  • Oranmore Park Committee – Oranmore Community Centre €47,000
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Senator Hildegarde Naughton with members of Galway Bay Sailing Club at the announcement of Sports Capital Funding of €42,000 for the refurbishment of changing rooms.
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Pictured at Oranmore Community Centre from Left to right:  Enda Gallagher Management Committee, Bernie O'Connor chairperson Oranmore Park Committee, Senator Hildegarde Naughton, Pat Malone chairperson Management Committee & Vinny Byrne secretary Management Committee.

Saving Rinville Point

I recently met, on-site, with Galway County Council officials in relation to the erosion of the headland at, and the pathway to, Rinville Point, Oranmore.

While some extremely good repair work, and valuable sea defences, have been put in place for several hundred metres of the walkway, there is much more urgently required. The vast majority of  the area is now being undermined and quickly eroding. It also poses an immediate health and safety risk to users.

Garda Resources

In October the Minister for Justice signed the contract for the construction of the new Garda Divisional Headquarters in Renmore which will be completed in 2017.
Budget 2016: 600 Extra Gardaí in 2016

Fine Gael is committed to: Tougher Sentences and Stricter Bail for repeat offenders
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Senator Hildegarde Naughton with Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Padraic Rhatigan.

Child & Adolescent Sexual Assault Unit

This critical 24 hour 7 day a week service has re-opened following my intervention with Minister Leo Varadkar and the HSE West. View updates on this project here >>

Parkmore Business Park

Following my recent call on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and the Minister for Transport Paschal Donohue to intervene in the continuing traffic chaos in Parkmore, €100,000 has been allocated by Government through the NTA  for design and planning  at two locations on the Parkmore Road to alleviate traffic congestion.
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Galway Transport/Congestion

This challenge to the development of our city must be confronted and solutions agreed. During my term as Mayor of Galway I initiated and published a comprehensive solution-based traffic report. See full report: www.galwaytf.com
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 Pictured L to R: Professor Padraic O’Donohue NUIG, Mayor Naughton, Lukasz Porwol DERI/Insight, Cormac Rabbitt Transport Consultant, Brendan Mulligan Engineers Ireland & Inspector Derek Gannon. 

Jobs for Oranmore

Oranmore has had its share of good news on the jobs front recently. I was delighted to be at the official announcement of the new Ziimmer medical device factory in Oranmore which will provide 250 local jobs and be invaluable in terms of boosting the local economy. This is in addition to the new Apple Data Centre in Derrydonnell, which will provide 300 jobs.

As Fine Gael spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation I am committed to balanced regional development as opposed to the traditional concentration on Dublin and Cork.

I will continue to promote Oranmore as an ideal location for investment as it is strategically located off the M6 motorway and the Gort/Tuam bypass and is 45 mins from Shannon Airport. 

Clare River Claregalway

I have been in discussions with the Minister for State at the Office of Public Works about the flood relief works for the Clare River for many months. I am happy to say that recently Minister, Simon Harris T.D, has confirmed that the project has been signed off on and he hopes to see works commence shortly before or after Christmas. He also confirmed that the Department has already allocated the money for the project and that some €8 million in total will have been spent by the time all the works are completed. View updates on this project here >>

Schools Building Programme

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, recently announced a major schools building programme. This investment in our children will allow the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.

Among the Galway schools given a building commencement date are: Claregalway Educate Together National School, Scoil Iosaif Naofa, Oranmore, Scoil Mhuire, Oranmore, SN Bhride Lackagh & Turloughmore.
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Past Pupil Senator Hildegarde Naughton presenting Principal Edel Kearney and pupils of Scoil Mhuire Oranmore with the Digital School of Excellence Award.


  • €3.8 billion investment in Social Housing Strategy 2014 -2020 which will provide 35,000 new social housing units

  • Galway is included in the ‘Levy Rebate Scheme’ cutting the cost of starter homes

  • Unfinished housing developments decreased by 75%

  • Galway City has reactivated 40% of unfinished estates

Galway Port

During my submission to the An Bord Pleanala oral hearings last year, I strongly advocated a balanced approach to the proposed plan. All future development must be subject to strict conditions that would prevent any risk of flooding to areas including the Claddagh and Salthill.

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Knut Frostad CEO of Volvo Ocean Race, Mayor of Galway City Hildegarde Naughton and Niall Gibbons CEO of Tourism Ireland with the Galway Hooker the ‘Nora Bheag’ which was transported to Abu Dhabi to promote the 2012 finale of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway.

University Hospital Galway

The current site for UHG is unsuitable and unsustainable. We urgently need a properly funded and phased relocation to MERLIN PARK ensuring continuity of service.

Jobs for the West

  • Live Register in Galway City is at its lowest in 6 years
  • 2015 saw major investment in Galway including multinationals such as
    - Apple (300 jobs)
    - Zimmer (250 jobs)
  • As Fine Gael spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
  • I will continue to advocate Galway as an attractive place to invest
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 Senator Hildegarde Naughton Spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise  & Innovation with Minister Richard Bruton at the Launch of the Action Plan for Jobs West Region.

Public Meeting on Childcare

The Need for Quality & Affordable Childcare

Many of the concerns raised by parents and childcare providers at the meeting were addressed in Budget 2016:
  • Children will be eligible for free childcare from age of 3 until the age of  five-and-a-half or until they start school
  • Two weeks paid paternity leave from September 2016
  • Child benefit will rise by €5
  • €15 million to support children with special needs in Pre-school
  • €1.2 million to assist the up skilling of Childcare professionals
  • €1.3 million for inspections of Childcare facilities
  • €3 million capital funding for After School Services
  • Capitation rates restored to €64.50 per child p/w and €75 per child p/w
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Senator Hildegarde Naughton with Guest Speaker Teresa Heeney, CEO Early Childhood Ireland and Chairperson Declan O'Connor.

Tel: 091 569 677

Email: hildegarde.naughton@oir.ie

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Hildegarde Naughton TD

Fine Gael
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Galway City,
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