Michael Ahern (Irish politician)
February 1982 – February 2011
20 January 1949 |
Dungourney, Cork, Ireland
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Alma mater||University College Dublin|
Michael Ahern was born in Dungourney, County Cork. He was educated at Dungourney National School, Rockwell College, County Tipperary, and University College Dublin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Politics and Psychology. He also attended Kimmage Manor, Dublin where he studied Theology. For a brief period in the early 1970s, Ahern worked as a secondary school teacher. In 1973 he became an accountancy student at Coopers & Lybrand, Cork. In 1977 he became financial controller with a building construction firm in Cork.
Michael Ahern is the son of Liam Ahern, a Senator between 1957 and 1973, and a TD from 1973 until 1974. Ahern's Grand-uncle, John Dinneen, was also a member of the Dáil between 1922 and 1927. Michael Ahern's brother Maurice Ahern was a long-standing Fianna Fáil member of Cork County Council but lost his seat in the 2009 elections.
Ahern was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the February 1982 general election and held the until 2011. In 1984 he received his first major promotion when he became Fianna Fáil Deputy spokesperson on Transport in Charles Haughey's front bench. During his career in the Dáil, Ahern has served on a number of committees, including the Public Accounts Committee, the Joint Committee of Health and Children and the Joint Committee on Finance and Public Service. Between 1992 and 1993 he served as Minister of State for Science and Technology. Between 1994 and 1997 he served as Opposition Spokesperson on the Office of Public Works and Taxation. In 2002 Fianna Fáil were re-elected and Ahern was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Trade and Commerce.
After the 2007 general election he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Innovation Policy. On 13 May 2008, after Brian Cowen became Taoiseach, Ahern lost his position as Minister of State and was not appointed to any other junior ministry.
- Nealon's Guide to the 30th Dáil and 23rd Seanad, Ed. Stephen Collins, Dublin, 2007
|Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork East
|New office||Minister of State for Trade and Commerce
|New office||Minister of State for Innovation Policy