Liam Aylward

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Liam Aylward (born 27 September 1952) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East constituency. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for Carlow–Kilkenny from 1977–2007.

Liam Aylward was born in Mullinavat, County Kilkenny in 1952. He was educated at St Kierans College, Kilkenny. He worked as a laboratory technician before getting involved in politics. He was elected to Kilkenny County Council in 1974, serving on that authority until 1992.

Aylward was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1977 general election for Carlow–Kilkenny in what proved to be a landslide for Fianna Fáil. Since then he has served as Minister of State at the Department of Energy (1988–1989), at the Department of Education (1992–1994) and at the Department of Agriculture & Food (2002–2004). In 2004 he was elected to the European Parliament for Fianna Fáil, which was then part of the Union for a Europe of Nations.

Since the 2009 European Parliament elections, Fianna Fáil is now affiliated with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Aylward is a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the delegation for relations with Mercosur and the delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. Aylward is also a substitute member of the Committee on Culture and Education and the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary......
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