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Liam Ahern (12 January 1916 – 13 July 1974), also known as William Ahern, was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served in both Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann.

A farmer and agricultural contractor, Ahern was first elected to the 9th Seanad in 1957 on the Labour Panel. In 1961 he was returned to the 10th Seanad on the Administrative Panel, and re-elected by the same panel to the 11th Seanad in 1965.

At the 1969 general election, he stood for election to the 19th Dáil in the constituency of Cork North East, but was narrowly beaten by his Fianna Fáil colleague Seán Brosnan.[1] After his defeat, Ahern was returned to the 12th Seanad by the Administrative Panel.

At the 1973 general election, he again contested Cork North-East, where he came fourth out of the four successful candidates,[2] unseating the sitting Fianna Fáil TD Seán Brosnan. A Fine GaelLabour Party coalition government under Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave took power at that election, ending a sixteen-year period of Fianna Fáil government, and Ahern found himself in opposition for the first time in his career in the Oireachtas.

He died in July 1974 at the age of 58, triggering a by-election on 13 November 1974 in which his seat was retained for Fianna Fáil by Seán Brosnan.

Ahern's uncle, John Dinneen, was also a member of the Dáil between 1922 and 1927. His son Michael Ahern is a Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East. Another son, auctioneer Maurice Ahern had been a long standing FF councillor for the Midleton Electoral Area of Cork County Council, but lost his seat in the 2009 local elections.

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