Senator Fidelma Healy Eames

Your INDEPENDENT General Election candidate in Galway West/South Mayo

ABOUT

Fidelma lives in Maree, Oranmore with her husband Michael, a farmer, and their two teenage children. She grew up on a dairy farm in Moylough, Co. Galway.

INDEPENDENT

Fidelma is an INDEPENDENT candidate and serves the Galway West and South Mayo regions.

CONTACT

If you would like to contact Fidelma, you can do so by calling her office on +35391792017 or you can email her on fidelma.healy.eames@oir.ie.

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames

Your Voice Nationally. Your Voice in the Community.

My Mission
To devote my time and energy to delivering meaningful change and implementing policies that make a difference in the lives of local people and small business in Galway and Mayo. I aim to support families, strengthen local communities and economies. To achieve my goals, I will align myself with like-minded Independents and parties, on an issue-by-issue basis.
My Vision
I want to see an Ireland that takes its place and defends our interests with confidence in Europe and the wider world. One that offers opportunities to our young and our families to live and work at home. That encourages and releases creativity and innovation in our talented population and in our local businesses. That respects the rights of children, the old and the vulnerable. I want to see a nation where freedom of expression is respected, where we have a duty to contribute and where that contribution is valued and rewarded.

Tá mé ag iarraidh tuile tacaíocht don teanga Gaelige a fheiceáil, mar theanga beo i saol na ndaoine. Tír gan teanga, Tír gan anam.

I will play my part in ensuring we have a political system that can enable this vision to become reality. I will stand up for open and accountable government that treats people fairly, that is not a slave to elites, vested interests, cronyism or political correctness, and that respects freedom of conscience.


Treoirphrionsabail Fidelma
  • Ar son na fiontraíochta le éiteas láidir ceartas sóisialta
  • Ar son na beatha, na clainne agus an phobail.
  • Eitic sa pholataíocht.
  • Cumhachtú an aosa óig agus meas ar ionchur seanóirí.
  • Cruthaitheacht, Teanga, Cultúr agus Féiniúlacht.
  • Ag nascadh daoine agus áiteacha  le córas iompair phoibli do chathair agus contae na Gaillimhe.
  • Sochaí um chomhdheiseanna do chách.
My Principles
Pro Enterprise with a strong social Justice ethos
ATTOKVEQ I have always been pro enterprise and business and continue to be. It is vital that we support our employers to be creative and innovate, to enable them to create jobs to generate the taxes we need to run our country and pay for essential public services. For this to happen our SMEs need to be valued to the same extent as our FDI companies are. During the recession (2009) I co-founded Job Creation Initiative Oranmore (JCIO) with Gerardine Costello and Margaret Kearns to give hope and help to people who very suddenly lost their jobs and/ or wanted support to set up a small business. This initiative has offered support to many and all events are free. My pro enterprise stance is matched equally with a strong Social Justice ethos. There will always be people in our society who are unable to work for some reason or other – children, persons w/ disabilities, sick, older and retired persons. In the case of retired persons they have already made their contribution to building our country. We have a duty as a society to support and protect them. My work-related and social policies are informed by this core principle.
Pro Life, Family and Community

photo-1I am a strong advocate of life, family and community. Pro Life: We should always give life a chance. We were given the chance of life, why should we think that we are so superior that we can decide when to take life? On the controversial subject of abortion, because there are always two lives involved we need a two patient approach. The woman or young girl, who may be in a crisis pregnancy, needs the maximum support (incl., eg., counselling and financial assistance) to help her give birth to her baby. This, I know, is not always easy and there are extremely difficult cases. Should the mother decide not to be able to keep her baby she should be given options,  including adoption. The unborn is completely at the mercy of our decisions, the mother’s, the legislator’s, the doctor’s, our culture as informed by our citizens. Pro Family: The family is the nucleus and core building block of society. Good Government should invest in and support families from the start. Early intervention is critical for families in difficulty. These can be spotted early through the education system, A&E admissions, Family Resource Centres where they exist and the social services. Similarly, we must empower families to help themselves. Pro Community: Every community should have a minimum set of public services and amenities according to size. I meet with communities throughout my constituency who lack basic amenities like a playground, a community hall/ centre, playing pitches, public toilets beside a popular public amenity, access to a library. Every community should be audited for their public amenities and it’s a Government’s responsibility to be fair in the distribution of funding across all communities. Some communities do better just because they have a TD locally. This is inherently inequitable and unfair. Government policy must change in this regard.

Ethics in Politics

BunreachtHeadHonesty, Transparency and accountability are vital in politics. We too frequently see that this is Not the case. For example, appointments made as a result of cronyism really disillusion the public and me too!  I have published a Budget Reform Bill – the Ministers and Secretaries Amendment Bill (2014)(see link below) which, if implemented, will greatly increase transparency and accountability in government department budgets and match budgets to best outcomes. Unfortunately, this Government would not give me time to debate this Bill in the Seanad. A Bill like this would ensure that taxpayers money is spent in a targeted way where the best outcomes are achieved for the citizen. Ministers and Secretaries Explanatory Memo and Bill

Empowering Young People & Respecting Older People's Contributions
Dr Emer Smyth, ERSI, Prof John Coolahan, Virginia O'Mahoney IPPN, Dr Tony Hall editor of EducationMatters.ie Dr Fidelma Healy Eames ( conference chair) Stiofan Ó Cualain acting principal Colaiste na Coiribe, Prof Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish Educator & visiting professor Harvard and Dr Mary Fleming Head of the School of Education NUI Galwayat the conference titled "Reforming Learning: Driving Success" focusing on senior cycle & third -level education in Ireland at NUI Galway on Friday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy / educationmatters.ie No Fee 5/12/14 Young people are our future. We need to empower them, show them we believe in them and enable them to be aware of their talents and innate creativity. This is a considerable gift. Our education system, our youth services, our mental health services and our local amenities should all be designed to release the creative gifts of our young people. I have carried out a feasibility study called ‘Galway Young Creators’ Centre’ (attached) which if implemented, would provide an alternative means for young people to be aware of their creativity and harness their talents. Galway Young Creators’ Centre Feasibility study report v4 Respecting Older People’s Contribution – Life is a cyclical process. The young people of yesterday are the older people of today. It is vital that we remember and respect the contribution our older people have made to building our country. This needs to be reflected in adequate social protection, pensions, an accessible and affordable health service, supportive independent living communities and an overall attitude that older people matter and should be visible.
Creativity, Language, Culture & Identity
Irish people have a strong sense of place. No matter where we go in the world – who we are and where we come from matters. Identity matters! This is informed by our culture, our evolving culture, our native language and the access it gives us to opportunities as a result of our strong sense of identity. As an example, I have fought hard to save essential services to our Islands – the air service, the ferry service, the second teacher on Inis Meain. I will continue to do so. yeatsthoorballyleesocietypic As Chair of Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society, I am actively involved in promoting our literary heritage, a core part of our Irish identity – see Www.yeatsthoorballylee.org China teachers prep with FHE To provide future opportunities for our young people, I co-founded the China-Ireland Relations and over the last the four years I have co-ordinated a very successful initiative, the delivery of Chinese language and culture classes, in conjunction with 20 schools in Galway city and county. Spanish Exchange 2014 Paper pieceSpanish Exchange 2014 Spanish Student Exchange between Oranmore and GALICIA. I will continue to be an advocate for our heritage and our culture. A strong sense of identity is essential to our self-esteem.
Connecting People & Places With Public Transport in Galway City and County

galway traffic logoConnectivity matters in our daily lives. People and places need to be more easily and directly connected across Galway city and county. This is an area that we have completely failed our people in, outside of the Dublin region. Reliable and regular Transport links matter for opportunities and work, for leisure, for social inclusion. For example, I was delighted to be able to have the local rural Bus Éireann service reinstated in Maree. There are many other areas that need a service. We have a chronic traffic problem in our city. I am actively investigating and advocating for immediate measures to our gridlock in Galway city – If you agree, please support me at  Www.Galwaytraffic.ie

An Equal Opportunity Society
Beef protest maree farmers This is a core principle that motivates me and informs my vision for Irish society.  I want to see a compassionate, creative society that gives each person an equal chance, that starts where people are at and enables them to move forward.  Examples of this include the provision of SNAs or other supports to assist children with learning difficulties; the mobility allowance scheme for people with disabilities so they are enabled to fully participate in society; a fair deal for farmers in the West of Ireland who have small holdings and/ or disadvantaged land; Successful drainage works where homes are at risk of flooding eg., Moneymore, Oranmore flooding. sense of justice is central to my work. If you agree with my principles or want to know more please email me at fidelma.healy.eames@oir.ie
My Goals

galway traffic logo To fully realise our region’s potential both in terms of human and natural resources.

 

 

  • Maximise our uniqueness to secure Galway as Capital of Culture 2020.
  • Build a sustainable, integrated transport system for Galway City.
  • Expand the Greenway in agreement with local farmers.
  • Develop the oyster industry in conjunction with local fishermen.
  • Insist on a safe and affordable water system.
  • Support commercial rates for business that are fair and equitable.
  • Leverage the region as a centre of excellence for education, health and the marine.

Public-Procurement-Tender-Scout-Event-Oranmore-presenters-1024x682 Business/ Job Creation, Our Self-Employed, SMEs and Farmers – To support the self-employed, farmers and small business as they start up and grow.

 

photo5-1024x767 To foster an education system that encourages independent thinkers and innovators.

 

My Projects

Community & National Initiatives


Chair, Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society
Co-Founder, Job Creation Initiative Oranmore
Chair & Co-ordinator, China Ireland Relations & Schools initiative
Chair & Co-ordinator, China Ireland Relations & Schools initiative
Co-Founder, Spanish Student Exchange
Chair, Reforming Learning: Driving Success Education Conference (NUIG)
Appointed Education Champion (Ireland) by Women in Parliament
National Lead for #UpforSchool campaign

Legislative and Parliamentary Work


Adoption Rights
Education for Early School Leavers
Mortgage Debt Solutions
Fair Beef Prices for Farmers
Traffic Solutions for Oranmore & Galway City
Health: Investment in Mental Health, Primary Care & Galway University Hospital’s A&E
Water Charges
Published New Bill on Budget Reform
Latest News

Fidelma’s Galway Traffic Campaign

For more information go to www.GalwayTraffic.ie

Testimonials
Thanks  to Fidelma for working  with  us and the OPW in successfully completing  drainage  works in  Moneymore. From  all the  residents affected  by  the  Flooding. John Brennan

(in relation to the Flooding)

My daughter needs special glasses not covered by the medical card. Fidelma persisted in representing our case w/ the HSE and saved us a few hundred euro in the process. We are very grateful. Gerry Kineen, Carer, Roscam

Fidelma is easy to approach and always willing to help. She has a great knowledge of farmers’ needs and outcomes. Mattie Long

Farmer, Roscam

‘I approached Fidelma to start a weekly bus service for older people in Oranmore. She listened and worked with us to put it in place within three months. Older people benefit greatly as a result’. Siobhan Skerrit

Ard N Mara, Oranmore

Fidelma Healy Eames has provided invaluable support for Tomás Mc Loughlin and his family. Through her understanding and empathy for children with complex special needs she has given Tomás a stronger voice towards achieving his goals and accessing his environment. Both Shane and Ann-Marie, Tomás’s parents, appreciate all the time given by Fidelma to raising awareness and funds for tomorrow for Tomás. Thank you Fidelma. We wish you every success in the election campaign. Ann Marie Duggan and Shane McLoughlin

Tomas' Parents

“There’s a lot of pretender’s out there that talk a good game but the reality is that there out for themselves. Fidelma, is not one of those people. Her motives are clear. She’s working for you and on your behalf. Look at the massive amount she’s already done for us locally and nationally in the face of undue adversity. Unlike most of those ‘pretend’ politicians, she is a bonafide, beacon of light for you, your family, your education, your future and for your community. And in my opinion, you’re a fool to ignore her.”

John Mulry

Entrepreneur, Galway City

Fidelma helped us get our rural bus service reinstated after Bus Eireann withdrew it. Thanks to her, students and older people living in the Maree area can continue to benefit from this service. Mary Carr, Blackweir, Clarenbridge

(In relation to rural bus service)

When my son moved from Dublin I was very worried when I couldn’t find him a school place. Fidelma intervened and helped me sort out a place for him. He is happy in his new school. Sarah Coyne

Parent, Oranmore

Fidelma, I just like to say a special thank you because we got our speed bumps in the Durabhan housing estate in Roscam on the east side of Galway city. You visited me at my home and you made good on your promise. RMC

Roscam Resident

Fidelma is always planning ahead, thinking of needs and future benefits. She is a good listener and a big thinker. These qualities motivated her to set up ‘Job Creation Initiative Oranmore’; the ‘China Ireland schools’ Initiative’; the ‘Spanish Student Exchange’, all benefiting local people. Geraldine Costello

Solicitor, Oranmore

‘A person who gives 100% in pursuit of her commitments, I had the great pleasure to work with Senator Fidelma Healy Eames as part of a China Ireland Relations team. Under her leadership three key achievements stand out. The completion of two promotional television documentaries on Galway’s commerce and tourism, viewed by millions of people on Chinese National television and the development of Chinese classes in Irish schools. Owen Diviney

Former International Rower, Executive Business Coach

“‘Be alert , stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong. Let all that you do be done in love’ ( Paul’s 1st letter to Corinthians Ch16). Fidelma Healy Eames is Galway West’s only candidate who stood on these principles in relation to the last two referenda and she paid a heavy price. Alone she stands.”

Anthony Brennan

Accountant, Galway

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