Tom Hayes (politician)

For other people named Tom Hayes, see Tom Hayes (disambiguation).
Tom Hayes
Minister of State
for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety
In office
June 2013  May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by Shane McEntee
Succeeded by Andrew Doyle
Teachta Dála
In office
June 2001  February 2016
Constituency Tipperary South
In office
September 1997  June 2001
Constituency Agricultural Panel
Personal details
Born (1952-02-16) 16 February 1952
Golden, Tipperary, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Marian Hayes
Alma mater University College Cork

Tom Hayes (born 16 February 1952) is an Irish Fine Gael politician and farmer. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary South constituency.[1]

He was elected in 1997 to the 21st Seanad Éireann on the Agricultural Panel, Hayes 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]


  1. "Mr. Tom Hayes". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  2. 1 2 "Tom Hayes". Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  3. "Tom Hayes appointed Minister of State at Department of Agriculture". RTÉ News. 5 June 2013.
Preceded by
Theresa Ahearn
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Tipperary South
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Shane McEntee
Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety
Succeeded by
Andrew Doyle
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pádraic McCormack
Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party
Succeeded by
Pádraic McCormack
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