Mark Ward (politician)

Mark Ward (born 1974) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician.[1] He was elected as Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin Mid-West in a by-election in November 2019.[2][3]

Mark Ward

Teachta Dála
Assumed office
November 2019
ConstituencyDublin Mid-West
South Dublin County Councillor
In office
March 2016  November 2019
Personal details
Dublin, Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
EducationBachelor of Arts
Alma materNUI Maynooth
University College Dublin
Carlow IT

Early life

Ward grew up in Harelawn, north Clondalkin and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005.[4] He is a qualified behavioural therapist, having diplomas from NUI Maynooth and University College Dublin and a B.A. in Community Development and Addiction Studies from Carlow IT.

Political career

Ward was co-opted onto South Dublin County Council on 14 March 2016, representing the Clondalkin LEA.[5] He was elected Mayor of South Dublin in June 2018, serving until June 2019. He was reelected to the council in the May 2019 election, this time for the Palmerstown–Fonthill LEA. On 30 November 2019 was elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2019 Dublin Mid-West by-election.[6]

Personal life

Ward has three children.[5] He is an avid fan of Dublin Gaelic footballers, having a full back tattoo of the Dublin GAA crest.[7] From November 2016 until 2017 he was homeless, and this experience has resulted in him vowing to focus on housing as his main priority in politics.[8]


  1. "Mark Ward". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  2. "Sinn Féin wins by-election in Dublin Mid-West". RTE News. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  3. "Byelections 2019: 'Good day for working class' as SF's Mark Ward takes Dáil seat". Breaking News. 30 November 2019.
  4. Ward, Mark (21 February 2018). "Dublin councillor with MS: 'I was on a walking stick at 32 ... now I plan to run the marathon'".
  5. "Mark Ward to be co-opted to Clondalkin LEA to replace Eoin Ó Broin TD".
  6. Kenny, Aisling (30 November 2019). "Sinn Féin takes first seat in four by-elections" via Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. Byrne, Luke (17 September 2016). "True blue councillor Mark has the Dubs' back".
  8. O’ Flaherty, Aideen (5 July 2018). "New Mayor reveals how he became homeless". Retrieved 30 November 2019. The newly elected Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Sinn Féin councillor for Clondalkin, Mark Ward, revealed during his acceptance speech on Friday that he was homeless for several months during 2016 and 2017, and that housing will be his top priority during his mayorship.
Preceded by
Gino Kenny
Eoin Ó Broin
John Curran
Frances Fitzgerald
Teachta Dála for Dublin Mid-West
With: Gino Kenny
Eoin Ó Broin
John Curran

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