Mark Ward (politician)
|Assumed office |
|South Dublin County Councillor|
March 2016 – November 2019
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||NUI Maynooth|
University College Dublin
Ward grew up in Harelawn, north Clondalkin and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005. 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.
Ward was co-opted onto South Dublin County Council on 14 March 2016, representing the Clondalkin LEA. 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.
Ward has three children. He is an avid fan of Dublin Gaelic footballers, having a full back tattoo of the Dublin GAA crest. 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.
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- Byrne, Luke (17 September 2016). "True blue councillor Mark has the Dubs' back". Herald.ie.
- 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.
Eoin Ó Broin
| Teachta Dála for Dublin Mid-West
With: Gino Kenny
Eoin Ó Broin