Bobby Aylward

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Bobby Aylward
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2015
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
Constituency Carlow–Kilkenny
Personal details
Born Robert Aylward
(1955-04-01) 1 April 1955 (age 62)
Mullinavat, Kilkenny, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Helena Long
Children 3
Alma mater Kildalton Agricultural College

Robert "Bobby" Aylward (born 1 April 1955) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency since winning the seat at a by-election in 2015. He previously served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 2007 to 2011.[1]

He also works as a farmer as well as being a TD.[2]

He was a member of Kilkenny County Council from 1992 until his election to the Dáil in 2007.[3] He was chairperson of the Council from 2003 to 2004. He was also a Member of the Southern Fisheries Board from 2000 to 2007, the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly from 1999 to 2004 and the Port of Waterford, from 1999 to 2004.

His brother Liam previously represented the same constituency for Fianna Fáil, until he retired from national politics in 2007, opting to remain in the European Parliament. Their father Bob Aylward was a Senator from 1973 until his death in 1974.

Bobby Aylward is married and has two sons and one daughter. He was educated in Castlegannon National school, Scoil Aireagail vocational school and Kildalton Agricultural College.

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election,[3] but re-gained it at a by-election in May 2015.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mr. Bobby Aylward". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Nealon's Guide to the 30th Dáil and 23rd Seanad, Ed. Stephen Collins, Dublin, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Bobby Aylward". Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fianna Fáil's Bobby Aylward wins Carlow–Kilkenny by-election". RTÉ News. 24 May 2015. 
Preceded by
Liam Aylward
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
Succeeded by
John Paul Phelan
(Fine Gael)
Preceded by
Phil Hogan
(Fine Gael)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny