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 and deliver, where possible.
'Vision with Action can change the world' - Nelson Mandela