Michael Ahern (Irish politician)
Michael Ahern (born 20 January 1949) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister of State for Trade and Commerce from 2002 to 2007 and Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce from 1992 to 1993. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork East constituency from 1982 to 2011.
|Minister of State for Trade and Commerce|
19 June 2002 – 14 June 2007
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||John McGuinness|
|Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce|
13 February 1992 – 12 January 1993
|Preceded by||Michael Smith|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
February 1982 – February 2011
|Born||20 January 1949|
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Monahan (m. 1971)|
|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 local 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