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My name is Barry Ward and I have represented Blackrock, Booterstown, Deansgrange, Monkstown and Stillorgan as a Fine Gael councillor since 2009, when I was elected on for the first time.

It may be a cliché, but I have been deeply proud to represent Blackrock and have thoroughly enjoyed the progress we have made on the Council since I have been a part of it. 

Barry Ward at Seapoint

I have been an active and passionate advocate for people and businesses in the Blackrock area and throughout Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Since being elected to the Council, I have worked with residents, traders, council officials and outside agencies to broker solutions that work for Blackrock and the surrounding areas.

A graduate of UCD (and recently elected to UCD’s Governing Authority), I have used my expertise as a lawyer and my local knowledge to put together innovative solutions for our area, presenting several sets of draft bye-laws to the Council and working as a proven, considered and constructive contributor at Council meetings.

I am proud that commercial rates have never increased since I was first elected in 2009, and have been reduced four out of six years since I became a councillor; I place a strong emphasis on the Council’s role in supporting the local economy.

I am extremely grateful to the residents of the Blackrock area for re-electing me in 2014. I took the third seat out of six and received a strong mandate to continue to work hard for you.

I am delighted that my colleagues on DLRCoCo and Dublin City Council have taken up my idea to establish a Joint Committee between the two Councils to progress the Sutton to Sandycove coastal promenade and cycleway (S2S), and elected me to one of the seats on it. This is a really important project that will provide a fantastic public amenity, tourist attraction, transport corridor, health facility and easy access to Dublin Bay, and I have been the leading voice in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in making sure that it happens.

“I want to see a council that listens to you, communicates with you, acts for you and is accountable to you.”

During my time on the Council, I have »

  • been a member of three of the Council’s Strategic Policy Committees: Transportation & County-wide Movement, Environment, and Enterprise & Economic Development

  • Chaired the Council’s first Strategic Policy Committee on Enterprise & Economic Development

  • served as a member of the Corporate Policy Group (CPG) which reviews the Council’s draft budget before it goes to the full Council

  • established and chaired a joint committee between Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and Dublin City Council to promote the S2S coastal prommenade and cycleway

  • served on Dún Laoghaire VEC and on the Governing Body of IADT 

  • been a member of the Board of the Lord Edward Fitzgerald Memorial Fund

  • served as a member of the Governing Authority of University College Dublin 

  • served on the Board of Southside Partnership 

  • been the DLR delegate to the Association of County and City Councils (now the Association of Irish Local Government)

  • represented DLR on the Forum on the Directly Elected Mayor for Dublin

  • been the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown representative to the Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances Ltd (ipb Insurance)

  • served on the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Joint Policing Committee, and acted as its first Chair, where I worked with local Gardaí to reduce crime and involve local communities in an improved policing service

What people are saying about Barry Ward »

I have known Barry for many years and I know him to be a person with fresh ideas and the conviction to deliver on them. I know he will make a great councillor.
Sean Barrett
Sean Barrett TD, Ceann Comhairle of the 31st Dáil
Barry Ward was a very effective member of my team. I know he will get things done for you.
Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny TD, Leader of Fine Gael

“Barry Ward has already been working hard for Booterstown residents. It is so good to have someone who listens to our concerns.”
Ronnie McDonald, Booterstown Avenue

“It was great to finally find a politician who actually listens and then acts on what has been said to him, rather than following his own agenda.”
Valerie Murphy, Temple Park Avenue, Blackrock

“Barry has been a breath of fresh air to our area. He consults with local people and then takes action.”
Diarmuid Murphy, Belgrave Square, Monkstown

“I have always enjoyed sailing with Barry, he does the work but he has fun while
doing it.” Pam Taylor, Monkstown

“I feel I can trust Barry. He is honest and forthright with his views and works hard to achieve his aims.”
John Wiles, Friends of Booterstown