Bobby Aylward

Bobby Aylward (born 1 April 1955) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency since 2015, and previously from 2007 to 2011.[1]

Bobby Aylward

Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2015
In office
May 2007  February 2011
Personal details
Robert Aylward

(1955-04-01) 1 April 1955
Mullinavat, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Helena Long
Alma materKildalton Agricultural College

He also works as a farmer as well as being a TD.[2]

He was a member of Kilkenny County Council from 1992 until his election to the Dáil in 2007.[3] He was chairperson of the Council from 2003 to 2004. He was also a Member of the Southern Fisheries Board from 2000 to 2007, the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly from 1999 to 2004 and the Port of Waterford, from 1999 to 2004.

His brother Liam previously represented the same constituency for Fianna Fáil, until he retired from national politics in 2007, opting to remain in the European Parliament. Their father Bob Aylward was a Senator from 1973 until his death in 1974.

Bobby Aylward is married and has two sons and one daughter. He was educated in Castlegannon National school, Scoil Aireagail vocational school and Kildalton Agricultural College.

He lost his seat at the 2011 general election,[3] but re-gained it at a by-election in May 2015.[4]

See also


  1. "Bobby Aylward". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. Nealon's Guide to the 30th Dáil and 23rd Seanad, Ed. Stephen Collins, Dublin, 2007.
  3. "Bobby Aylward". Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  4. "Fianna Fáil's Bobby Aylward wins Carlow–Kilkenny by-election". RTÉ News. 24 May 2015.
Preceded by
Liam Aylward
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
Succeeded by
John Paul Phelan
(Fine Gael)
Preceded by
Phil Hogan
(Fine Gael)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny

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