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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.[1] 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.

Noel Ahern
Minister of State for Road Safety
In office
7 May 2008 – 21 April 2009
TaoiseachBrian Cowen
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State at the
Department of Finance
In office
20 June 2007 – 13 May 2008
TaoiseachBrian Cowen
Preceded byTom Parlon
Succeeded byMartin Mansergh
Teachta Dála
In office
November 1992 – February 2011
ConstituencyDublin North-West
Personal details
Born (1944-12-28) 28 December 1944 (age 74)
Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Alma materUniversity College Dublin,
College of Commerce, Rathmines

Early and personal lifeEdit

Born in Drumcondra, Dublin, 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.

Political careerEdit

He was elected to Dublin City Council in 1985. At the 1992 general election he was elected to Dáil Éireann and was re-elected in every subsequent election until his retirement in 2011.[2]

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 controversyEdit

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.


In January 2011, he announced that he would not be contesting the 2011 general election.[3] He receives an annual pension payment of €70,233.[4]


  1. ^ "Mr. Noel Ahern". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Noel Ahern". Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Ahern, O'Keeffe not contesting election". RTÉ News. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  4. ^ Kelly, Fiach (10 November 2011). "Thanks big fellas: Ahern and Cowen get massive pensions". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
Preceded by
Jim Tunney
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin North-West
Succeeded by
Dessie Ellis
(Sinn Féin)
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs
Succeeded by
Pat Carey
Preceded by
Bobby Molloy
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
Succeeded by
Batt O'Keeffe
Preceded by
Tom Parlon
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
Succeeded by
Martin Mansergh
New office Minister of State for Road Safety
Office abolished