|Minister of State for Road Safety|
7 May 2008 – 21 April 2009
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Minister of State at the
Department of Finance
20 June 2007 – 13 May 2008
|Preceded by||Tom Parlon|
|Succeeded by||Martin Mansergh|
November 1992 – February 2011
28 December 1944 |
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Alma mater||University College Dublin,
College of Commerce, Rathmines
Noel Ahern (born 28 December 1944) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North-West constituency from 1992 to 2011. He also served as the Minister of State at the Department of Transport with special responsibility for Road Safety from May 2008 to April 2009.
Early and personal life
Born in Drumcondra, Dublin in 1944, he was educated at the Christian Brothers O'Connell School, Dublin, University College Dublin and the College of Commerce, Rathmines. He worked as an official with CIÉ before becoming a politician. Ahern is a brother of the former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader, Bertie Ahern and younger brother of former Lord Mayor of Dublin Maurice Ahern.
Between 1994 and 1997, Ahern served as Opposition spokesman on the Environment with special responsibility for Housing. In 1997, he served as Chairman of the Oireachtas All Party Dáil Committee on Social Community and Family Affairs. In 2002, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, with responsibility for Housing and Urban Renewal, and at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, with responsibility for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs. After the 2007 general election, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works.
In May 2008, after Brian Cowen became Taoiseach, he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Transport with special responsibility for Road Safety. In April 2009, Ahern resigned along with all junior ministers, at the request of the Taoiseach, and was not reappointed.
Housing affordability controversy
Ahern created controversy in June 2006 when, as minister responsible for housing, he claimed that there were many affordable new houses available in Dublin under €200,000. He was quoted as saying there was 'a tendency to get carried away' with the average house price.
Later in that year, Ahern again drew criticism when he described the four interest rate increases up to August 2006 as 'painless' for borrowers.
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- "Ahern, O'Keeffe not contesting election". RTÉ News. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
- Kelly, Fiach (10 November 2011). "Thanks big fellas: Ahern and Cowen get massive pensions". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
|Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin North-West
|New office||Minister of State for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs
|Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
|Minister of State at the Department of Finance
|New office||Minister of State for Road Safety