Liam Aylward (born 27 September 1952) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister of State for Animal Health, Welfare and Customer Service from 2002 to 2004, Minister of State for Education from 1992 to 1994 and Minister of State at the Department of Energy from 1988 to 1992. 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.
|Minister of State for Animal Health, Welfare and Customer Service|
19 June 2002 – 24 May 2004
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Minister of State for Education|
13 February 1992 – 15 December 1994
|Preceded by||Frank Fahey|
|Succeeded by||Bernard Allen|
|Minister of State at the Department of Energy|
25 November 1988 – 13 February 1992
|Preceded by||Michael Smith|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2004 – 24 May 2014
June 1977 – May 2007
|Born||27 September 1952|
Mullinavat, County Kilkenny, Ireland
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Education||St Kieran's College|
Aylward was born in Mullinavat, County Kilkenny in 1952. 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. After this he served as Minister of State at the Department of Energy (1988–1989), the Department of Education (1992–1994) and 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. 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.
After the 2009 European Parliament election Fianna Fáil became affiliated with ALDE. 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.
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.
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- Kelly, Fiach (10 November 2011). "Thanks big fellas: Ahern and Cowen get massive pensions". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- "Liam Aylward to retire undefeated". Kilkenny People. 19 November 2013.
| Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
|New office|| Minister of State for Animal Health and Welfare and Customer Service
| Member of the European Parliament for East