I entered politics because I want to make a contribution to improving the society in which I live. While my primary commitment is to represent and respond to the needs of my constituents in Galway West, I am also concerned about the overall direction of our country and the well being of its citizens.
Education and Enterprise are areas of particular interest to me. In Seanad Eireann I am delighted to be Fine Gael’s Spokesperson for Social Protection and Member of the European Affairs Oireachtas Committee. I believe Education is the single, most important means by which society can be improved in every way. Over 20 years experience in education has shown me that investment in quality education is crucial to the empowerment of our people, the route out of poverty and the means through which we are enabled to earn a livelihood – thus providing, a sound basis upon which to build enterprise, business, jobs, the lifeblood of our economy.
“Education, the Key to being Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.” OECD
I believe it’s time for a new politics in Ireland, a can-do style of politics that provides inspirational leadership and is responsive to the needs of all our citizens. New vision and new energy is needed. It’s time to confront the causes of the daunting economic challenges we now face and the consequences of the economic shrinkage. I am committed to generating solutions to this crisis. And, I believe that Fine Gael is the party best suited to creating a more energetic, honest, accountable and optimistic government for the Irish people. I want to be part of this. My goal is to be a TD for Galway West in the next government. Your support will help me achieve this.
I welcome your input and feedback and look forward to working on your behalf and helping you in whatever way I can.
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Fidelma Healy Eames was first elected to Seanad Eireann (Labour Panel) in July, 2007. She was appointed Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Science, October, 2007.
Fidelma Healy Eames, Ph.D., was elected to Galway County Council at her first local elections in 2004, Fidelma stood for the Fine Gael Party in her first general election in 2002.
A graduate of Carysfort College, Blackrock, Western Connecticut State University in US, and NUI, Galway, Fidelma holds B.Ed., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees respectively. Having a strong experiential background in education and health promotion, Fidelma is a former primary teacher, College lecturer in Teacher Education and is Director of her own business,FHE Education & Training Providers, Oranmore, a business providing learning and study-based courses to students, teachers and parents nationally. Her recent publication ‘Switching on for Learning’ is accessible on www.fhelearning.com.
Politically, Fidelma is known for her high rate of activity and strong work rate. Her priorities for Galway West linked with her professional competence come to the fore in many of her political appointments eg,
- Former Chairperson of Co. Galway VEC;
- Member of GMIT Governing Body;
- Member of HSE West Regional Forum;
- Director of Galway Airport;
- Member of Galway City & County Enterprise Board;
- Member of Western Rail Committee;
- Member of Galway Arts Centre Board;
- Member of Corrib Lions Club;
- Member of Maree Basketball Club.
Fidelma is well known in Galway West for speaking out on a range of issues from the provision of amenities and facilities in communities; her action against the building of a private hospital on public hospital lands at UCHG, the need for community Gardai visible on the streets to increase public safety; to her campaigning for immediate solutions to Galway City’s traffic problems including the ClareGalway By-pass.
A strong justice ethic informs her work, she has highlighted the injustice of young boys without second-level school places in Galway city; the unfairness of multiple charges on water meters for farmers, and the need for on-going appropriate responses to older people’s needs. Many constituents contact Fidelma because they know she will respond.
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