Tom Hayes (Irish politician)

Tom Hayes (born 16 February 1952) is an Irish former Fine Gael politician who served as a Minister of State from 2013 to 2016. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary South constituency from 2001 to 2016. He was a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from 1997 to 2001.[1]

Tom Hayes
Minister of State
2013–2016Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Teachta Dála
In office
June 2001 – February 2016
ConstituencyTipperary South
In office
12 September 1997 – 22 June 2001
ConstituencyAgricultural Panel
Personal details
Born (1952-02-16) 16 February 1952 (age 72)
Golden, County Tipperary, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
SpouseMarian Hayes
EducationMount Melleray College
Alma materUniversity College Cork

Hayes was educated at Mount Melleray College, Waterford, and Tipperaray Vocational School.

He was elected in 1997 to the 21st Seanad for the Agricultural Panel. He was Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Agriculture. He was elected on 30 June 2001 to the 28th Dáil, as a TD for Tipperary South, when he held the seat for Fine Gael in a by-election following the death of Theresa Ahearn. He was re-elected at the 2002, 2007 and 2011 general elections.[2]

Hayes served as Chair of the Fine Gael parliamentary party from September 2002 to March 2010. He was party deputy spokesperson on Transport, with responsibility for Road Safety from October 2010 to March 2011.

On 5 June 2013, he was appointed by the Fine Gael–Labour government as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Forestry, Horticulture, the Greyhound Industry and Food Safety.[3][4][5]

He lost his seat at the 2016 general election.[2] He continued in office as a Minister of State until the formation of a new government on 6 May 2016.


  1. ^ "Tom Hayes". Oireachtas Members Database. Archived from the original on 7 November 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Tom Hayes". Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Appointment of Ministers of State" (PDF). Iris Oifigiúil. 2013 (48): 752. 14 June 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 August 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Tom Hayes appointed Minister of State at Department of Agriculture". RTÉ News. 5 June 2013. Archived from the original on 12 December 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  5. ^ Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2013 (S.I. No. 371 of 2013). Signed on 24 September 2013. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 3 April 2021.
Party political offices
Preceded by Chair of the Fine Gael parliamentary party
Succeeded by