Bobby Aylward (born 1 April 1955) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency from 2007 to 2011 and from 2015 until 2020.[1]

Bobby Aylward
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Teachta Dála
In office
May 2015 – February 2020
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
Personal details
Robert Aylward

(1955-04-01) 1 April 1955 (age 64)
Mullinavat, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Helena Long
Alma materKildalton Agricultural College

He also worked as a farmer while he was 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] only to lose it again in the general election of February 2020.

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  1. ^ "Bobby Aylward". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  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
Succeeded by
Jennifer Murnane O'Connor
(Fianna Fáil)