Taoiseach Enda Kenny has nominated Hildegarde Naughton to fill the vacancy in the membership of Seanad Eireann caused by the resignation of Martin McAleese.

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.

"Throughout her political career to date, Hildegarde Naughton has been a very capable and committed representative of the people of Galway,” according Mr Kenny.

“She will be a very constructive and successful member of the Seanad.”