Paddy McHugh (born 23 January 1953) is a former Irish politician. He was an independent Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway East constituency. McHugh was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election, getting a 15.8% share of the vote. He was a member of the Technical group established to ensure Dáil speaking time for independent TDs. He lost his seat at the 2007 general election, getting a 5.8% share of the vote.McHugh was first elected to Galway County Council in 1985. He was also elected to Tuam Town Council in 1999. In 2001, he left the Fianna Fáil party and became an independent. He served as a County Councillor until the abolition of the dual mandate in 2004.