Senator Barry Ward
Barry Ward is the Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Justice. A practicing barrister, Barry is originally from Deansgrange. He was first elected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2009, representing the Blackrock Ward, which also includes Booterstown, Deansgrange, Foxrock, Monkstown and Stillorgan. Barry also served as Leader of the Fine Gael group on the Council. In 2020, he was elected to the Industrial and Commercial Panel of the Seanad, having stood in that year’s general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency.
On the Council, Barry worked tirelessly on various local issues including parks, recycling, public transport and cycling infrastructure, climate action, coastal issues and supporting local businesses. In the Seanad, he has championed criminal justice reform, and has a particular interest in education, foreign affairs, the environment and promoting the Irish language – ár dteanga náisiúnta.
A sailor, Barry has been vocal in his support for the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI, and speaks frequently about water safety and the need for the improvement of water quality in Dublin Bay. He is a member of the Oireachtas committees on Justice, An Ghaeilge, and Members’ Interests, and is also an Irish Co-Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).
Barry has fought hard for gender and marriage equality and is a strong advocate for change. He is a leading voice in local campaigns, such as the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) Coastal Promenade and locating a new permanent home for Gaelscoil Laighean in Blackrock as well as providing strong contributions to discussions on ongoing international events in occupied Palestine, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Belarus, even adopting a Belarusian political prisoner.
In his spare time, Barry enjoys walks with his cocker spaniel, Ruby, on Dún Laoghaire Pier, on Killiney Hill and in Cabinteely Park. He speaks Irish and French, and hosts the Irish Legislation Podcast.
News & Statements
New courtrooms required – Ward
Additional courtrooms must be provided for new judicial appointees following the enactment of the Courts Act 2023, according to a Fine Gael Senator.26th May 2023
36% reduction in burglaries nationwide since 2019 - Ward
Targeted enforcement and high visibility policing has led to a 36% reduction in burglaries and property-related crime, according to Fine Gael Senator Barry Ward.26th December 2022
People of Ukraine receive top EU human rights prize– Ward
The people of Ukraine, represented by their President, will rightly be the recipients of this year’s European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, a Fine Gael Senator has said.20th October 2022
Central Bank must remove obstacles for first time buyers – Ward
A Fine Gael Senator has called for the Central Bank of Ireland to bring greater flexibility to its mortgage lending rules in order to assist first time buyers secure a home. Speaking in the Seanad this week Senator Barry Ward (Dún Laoghaire) raised the issue with the Minister for Finance and suggested the Central Bank change the mortgage interest rules, particularly as they relate to deposits required by first-time buyers.25th September 2022
State’s failure to act for thalidomide victims unconscionable – Ward
The failure by the State and the Department of Health to act for the victims of Thalidomide is unconscionable and must be addressed, according to Fine Gael Senator Barry Ward.1st July 2022
Sinn Féin failure to criticise Russia proven by party’s poor European voting record - Ward
Sinn Féin’s failure to criticise Russia is evidenced by their embarrassingly poor voting record in the European Parliament, a Fine Gael Senator has said.23rd June 2022
Water safety must be at the forefront of people's minds over the bank holiday weekend - Ward
This bank holiday weekend, we must bear in mind the importance of keeping safe around our coasts and inland waterways, a Fine Gael Senator has said.4th June 2022
Arrest of Cardinal Zen further evidence of Hong Kong suppression of democracy – Ward
A Fine Gael Senator has criticised the arrest of 90-year-old retired Cardinal Joseph Zen in Hong Kong who has been a strong advocate for the pro-democracy movement that was cracked down on in 2019.12th May 2022
Daly and Wallace should resign for spreading false information – Ward
MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace should resign for the part they have played in the spread of false information in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a Fine Gael Senator has said.8th May 2022