Tom Hayes spoke at Gorta's World Food Day Conference 2013.

Tom began his career in politics when he was elected to Tipperary South Riding County Council in 1991.
In 1997 he became a member of Seanad Éireann and acted as Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Agriculture. In July 2001 Tom Hayes was elected to represent Tipperary South Riding in Dáil Éireann. He was subsequently appointed Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food.

Deputy Hayes was returned to the 29th Dáil in May 2002. He then served as the Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on the Environment, with Special Responsibility for Heritage and Rural Affairs.

Deputy Hayes was returned to the 30th Dáil in May 2007. He acted as the sole Opposition TD in the Tipperary South constituency. He sat on the Committee for the Constitution, the Committee for Procedures and Privileges, and the Oireachtas Commission.

Deputy Hayes served as Chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party beginning in September 2002; he was re-elected in this capacity from September 2007 until March 2010.

In February of 2011 Tom Hayes T.D. was elected to the 31st Dáil by the people of Tipperary South. He is currently the sole Government T.D. in the constituency.

Deputy Hayes was appointed Chairman of the Joint Administration Committee in June 2011. The Committee has responsibility for all aspects of the day to day operations of both the Dáil and Seanad. This includes access for visitors, protocal for visiting dignitaries, media access, broadcasting from the Dáil, and will consider proposals to set up a dedicated Dáil channel to better publicise events live to the public.

Tom also serves on the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.

Married to Marian with three sons, Tom enjoys GAA, horseracing, greyhound racing, rugby and traditional music.

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