On the 5th June 2013, Tom Hayes was appointed as a Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Tom Hayes 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 the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Agriculture.
Tom was elected to represent Tipperary South Riding in Dáil Éireann in July 2001. Deputy Hayes was Chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party from September 2002 to March 2010. He has served as the Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on the Environment, with Special Responsibility for Heritage and Rural Affairs, and was subsequently appointed Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food.
Tom is married to Marian and has three sons. He is a drystock farmer. As an avid GAA fan, he regularly attends Tipperary Hurling matches. Tom is a keen reader and he recently read The Governor by John Lonergan which he thoroughly enjoyed. He loves eating fish and his favourite is Lemon Sole.