Liam Aylward, MEP

Liam Aylward

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Parlement européen
Bât. Altiero Spinelli
Room Number ASP 10 G 309
60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Bruxelles/Brussel

Tel. : +32 (0)2 28 45782
Fax : +32 (0)2 28 49782

Parlement européen
Bât. Louise Weiss
Room Number WIC M 02035
1, avenue du Président Robert Schuman
CS 91024
F-67070 Strasbourg Cedex

Tel. : +33 (0)3 88 1 75782
Fax : +33 (0)3 88 1 79782


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Personal Details

Liam Aylward has played a key role in Europe since becoming an MEP in the year 2004 on a number of key issues including the following: He led the political campaign within the EU institutions to ban Brazilian beef products coming into Europe, on the basis that the same rules, standards and procedures which apply to the European beef processing sector should apply to beef imports as well. He played a central role in protecting European beef exports to the Russian market in 2006, when EU - Russian relations had deteriorated. He carried out a key report for the European Parliament, on the issue of reforming the sheep farming and lamb processing sectors. This much acclaimed report is seen as the EU wide blueprint for reforming these sectors in Europe. He has also been a very strong supporter of legislation which fully protects the EU food chain. As a member of the Committee on Culture and Education Liam has been active in trying to develop and shape the new EU competence in Sport and is encouraging Irish sporting organisations to take full advantage of new opportunities for development at the European level.

Local News

European Parliament Strengthens Rights of Air Passengers - Aylward

MEP for Ireland East, Liam Aylward, and a majority of his fellow MEPs voted in the European Parliament this week to improve air travel by creating new rights for air passengers and clarifying the responsibilities of airlines. Read More | Share

Aylward Welcomes Public Consultation on EU-US Trade Talks

Liam Aylward MEP for Ireland East and Member of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the move by the European Commission to postpone negotiations on one key part of the on-going EU-US Trade Talks until a public consultation is conducted. Read More | Share

Irish businesses must remain vigilant against ‘Directory Scams’ – Aylward

Liam Aylward MEP for Ireland East has warned Irish businesses to be on high alert following the increase in ‘directory scams’ and misleading advertising practices. Read More | Share

Increased EU Support Needed to Assist with Farm Safety - Aylward

MEP for Ireland East and Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Liam Aylward, has called on the European Commission to prioritise farm safety as part of the next European Strategy on Health and Safety at Work. Read More | Share

EU must do more to empower Europe’s youth - Aylward

EU leaders must move away from rhetoric on a ‘lost generation’ and towards real actions and solutions for Europe’s young people. Read More | Share

EU Programme on Education, Training, Youth & Sport to benefit up to 4 million - Aylward

Liam Aylward MEP for Ireland East and Member of the European Parliament Committee on Culture, Education and Sport has welcomed the deal reached this week under the Irish Presidency of the Council on the new Erasmus+ programme. Read More | Share

Parents to get greater support if child goes missing - Aylward

Liam Aylward MEP has welcomed the implementation of the Missing Children's Hotline in Ireland on a 24 hour basis, 365 days a year. Read More | Share

Research and innovation have a critical role to play in averting a food security crisis

At a high-level seminar held in Brussels yesterday, policy makers and participants heard from the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan Quinn and food experts from the FAO, China, Israel and Ireland that research and innovation would play a critical role in averting a food security crisis in European and global agriculture. Read More | Share

Youth unemployment approaches 23% across the EU yet over 2m unfilled jobs are available – Aylward

At present youth unemployment is approaching 23% across the EU, yet at the same time there are over 2 million unfilled jobs available. Addressing the skills gap and the fundamental role education plays in boosting economic growth will be the key issues up for discussion during a high-level seminar on "Rethinking Education" held by Ireland East MEP Liam Aylward in the European Parliament next week. Read More | Share

Strong EU leadership needed to safeguard key EU youth and education Programme – Aylward

Liam Aylward MEP for Ireland East and Member of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education has strongly criticised the proposed cuts to the budget of Erasmus for All Programme, a key programme for youth and education for the period 2014-2020. Read More | Share

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Political Record


Economy - Working in Europe on a number of different initiatives which support Irish economic recovery.The EU is financing the development of both key infrastructure projects in Ireland and in up-skilling the Irish workforce.

Agriculture -Fighting to protect payments to Irish farmers and to rural communities under the Common Agricultural Policy. Key negotiations concerning the future of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014 - 2021 will be completed by the year 2011.

Irish businesses - Fighting for a greater level of EU funding to support Irish small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). More financial resources must be secured from the European Investment Bank for Irish businesses and red tape at an EU level must be cut.


  • Minister of State - Dáil Éireann - Department of Forestry 1988-1989
  • Minister of State - Dáil Éireann - Department of Education 1992-1994
  • Minister of State - Dáil Éireann - Department of Agriculture and Food 2002-2004


  • Kilkenny County Council Member 1974-2002
  • South-Eastern Health Board Chairman 1987-1988
  • Vocational Education Authority Chairman 1997-2002