Taoiseach Enda Kenny has appointed a new Senator from Galway – in the wake of two Oireachtas members from the county losing the whip over the abortion legislation.
Ms Naughton, who is a primary teacher, has served as a member of Galway City Council since 2009, and was mayor of the city in 2011/2012.
Mr Kenny paid tribute to Ms Naughton’s track record.
“Throughout her political career to date, Hildegarde Naughton has been a very capable and committed representative of the people of Galway. She will be a very constructive and successful member of the Seanad and I wish her well in her new role,” he said.