Liam Aylward

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Liam Aylward
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Minister of State
2002–2004Agriculture and Food
1992–1994Education
1988–1989Energy
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2004 – 24 May 2014
ConstituencyEast
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977 – May 2007
ConstituencyCarlow–Kilkenny
Personal details
Born (1952-09-27) 27 September 1952 (age 70)
Waterford, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Relations
EducationSt Kieran's College

Liam Aylward (born 27 September 1952) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as a Minister of State from 1988 to 1989, from 1992 to 1994 and from 2004 to 2004. He served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East constituency from 2004 to 2014. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency from 1977 to 2007.[1]

Aylward was born in Waterford in 1952, but is a native of Mullinavat, County Kilkenny. He was educated at St Kieran's College, Kilkenny. He worked as a laboratory technician before getting involved in politics. He was elected to Kilkenny County Council in 1974, and served on that authority until 1992.

Aylward was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency at the 1977 general election in what proved to be a landslide for Fianna Fáil.[2] He served as Minister of State at the Department of Energy (1988–1989), Minister of State at the Department of Education (1992–1994) and the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food (2002–2004). In 1998, Aylward was the subject of a complaint to Oireachtas authorities for groping a female usher in the Dáil bar, for which he apologised.[3]

In June 2004, he was elected to the European Parliament for the East constituency for Fianna Fáil, which was then part of the Union for a Europe of Nations.[citation needed] After the 2009 European Parliament election, Fianna Fáil joined the ALDE group. Aylward became a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the delegation for relations with Mercosur, and the delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. He also became a substitute member of the Committee on Culture and Education and the delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Owing to the dual mandate legislation that forbids members of the European Parliament from seeking re-election as members of their national legislatures, he retired from national politics at the 2007 general election. He was succeeded as a Fianna Fáil TD by his brother Bobby Aylward. They are sons of Bob Aylward, who served as a Fianna Fáil Senator from 1973 to 1974.[4]

Aylward has opted not to receive a ministerial pension, but still receives annual pension payments of around €50,000 from his time as a TD.[5]

He retired from politics at the 2014 European Parliament election.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liam Aylward". Oireachtas Members Database. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Liam Aylward". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  3. ^ O'Connell, Hugh (1 February 2016). "9 times when Irish politics has been really sexist". TheJournal.ie. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Bob Aylward". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  5. ^ Kelly, Fiach (10 November 2011). "Thanks big fellas: Ahern and Cowen get massive pensions". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Liam Aylward to retire undefeated". Kilkenny People. 19 November 2013. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.

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Oireachtas
Preceded by Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
1977–2007
Succeeded by
European Parliament
Preceded by Member of the European Parliament for East
2004–2014
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished