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.[1]

Michael Ahern
Minister of State for Trade and Commerce
In office
19 June 2002 – 14 June 2007
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byJohn McGuinness
Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce
In office
13 February 1992 – 12 January 1993
TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds
Preceded byMichael Smith
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Teachta Dála
In office
February 1982 – February 2011
ConstituencyCork East
Personal details
Born (1949-01-20) 20 January 1949 (age 71)
Cork, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Margaret Monahan (m. 1971)
Children3
Alma materUniversity College Dublin

Early lifeEdit

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.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Margaret Monahan and they have three daughters, one of whom, Barbara Ahern, contested the 2016 general election in Cork East for Fianna Fáil unsuccessfully.

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.

Political careerEdit

Ahern was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the February 1982 general election and held the until 2011.[2] 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.

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for Cork County Council at the 2014 local elections.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Michael Ahern". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Michael Ahern". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 August 2009.

BibliographyEdit

  • Nealon's Guide to the 30th Dáil and 23rd Seanad, Ed. Stephen Collins, Dublin, 2007
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Carey Joyce
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork East
1982–2011
Succeeded by
Sandra McLellan
(Sinn Féin)
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Trade and Commerce
2002–2007
Succeeded by
John McGuinness
New office Minister of State for Innovation Policy
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Jimmy Devins