Barry Ward (politician)

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Barry Ward
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Assumed office
1 April 2020
ConstituencyIndustrial and Commercial Panel
Personal details
Political partyFine Gael
Alma mater

Barry Ward is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as a Senator for the Industrial and Commercial Panel since April 2020.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Ward is originally from Deansgrange and is a qualified barrister. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, serving as auditor of the Literary and Historical Society from 1998 to 1999.[3]

Political career[edit]

Ward worked as a legal advisor to Enda Kenny, prior to seeking public office.

He was elected as a member of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council following the 2009 local elections. In 2011, he stood unsuccessfully at the Seanad election for the Administrative Panel.[4][5] In 2012, he received over €10,000 from the council to finance a M.A. in economic policy from Trinity College Dublin.[6] In 2016, Ward organised a John A. Costello commemoration in Deans Grange Cemetery.[7] In 2020, he came to media attention when he proposed a ban on single-use plastics in takeaways in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown.[8] He also promoted the Sutton-to-Sandycove greenway.[9]

Ward stood unsuccessfully in Dún Laoghaire at the 2020 general election; he won 9.2% of first preference votes and finished seventh.[10][11]

Ward was elected at the 2020 Seanad election as a Senator for the Industrial and Commercial Panel.[2] Maurice Dockrell was co-opted to Ward's seat on Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council following his election to the Seanad.

Personal life[edit]

Ward lives in Deansgrange.[12]


  1. ^ "Barry Ward". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Doyle, Maggie (2 April 2020). "Seanad count almost complete". RTÉ News. Retrieved 3 April 2020. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "The Front Bench Club" (PDF). UCD Connections Alumni Magazine. University College Dublin. 2009. p. 59. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  4. ^ " 24th Seanad - Administrative Panel First Preference Votes". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  5. ^ Donnelly, Seán (13 October 2016). Local Elections 2014. ISBN 9781326457433. Retrieved 3 April 2020 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Ethics watchdog ends councillors' college course perk". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  7. ^ "RTÉ Coverage". Remembering the Costellos. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  8. ^ Dwyer, Orla. "Dublin councillor proposes ban on sale of takeaway single-use plastics". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  9. ^ Conroy, MacDara. "A Coastal Cycleway For Dublin Bay?: Public Meeting In Dun Laoghaire This Month". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  10. ^ "'Swing-gate' TD Maria Bailey removed from Fine Gael election ticket". 14 November 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Notice of Poll 2020 - Dun Laoghaire". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  12. ^ Donnelly, Seán (2 April 2012). Local Elections 2009 - Volume 1 City & County Councils. ISBN 9781471645983. Retrieved 3 April 2020 – via Google Books.

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