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Tom Hayes (born 16 February 1952) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety 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 for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety
In office
5 June 2013 – 16 May 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byShane McEntee
Succeeded byAndrew Doyle
Teachta Dála
In office
June 2001 – February 2016
ConstituencyTipperary South
Senator
In office
12 September 1997 – 22 June 2001
ConstituencyAgricultural Panel
Personal details
Born (1952-02-16) 16 February 1952 (age 67)
Golden, County Tipperary, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Marian Hayes
Alma materUniversity College Cork

He was elected in 1997, to the 21st Seanad for the Agricultural Panel. He was Fine Gael's 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 Chairman 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 as Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety.[3]

He lost his seat at the 2016 general election.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr. Tom Hayes". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Tom Hayes". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Tom Hayes appointed Minister of State at Department of Agriculture". RTÉ News. 5 June 2013.

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Theresa Ahearn
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Tipperary South
2007–2016
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Shane McEntee
Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Andrew Doyle
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pádraic McCormack
Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Pádraic McCormack