Mark Ward to be co-opted to Clondalkin LEA to replace Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin will today propose Mark Ward to be co-opted onto the Clondalkin Local Electoral Area following the election to the Dáil of Eoin Ó Broin.
Originally from Harelawn in North Clondalkin Mark currently works as a Community Addiction Worker with the Inchicore Bluebell Community Addiction Team. He has previously worked with the Catholic Youth Service in Neilstown, he also worked in Intel for a number of years.
This was followed by a Community Employment scheme with the Addiction Support Team in CASP for three years.
Mark has a Diploma in Addiction Studies from NUI Maynooth, a Diploma in Counselling from U.C.D. and a B.A. in Community Development and Addiction Studies from Carlow I.T.
Mark is father of three children. He is a mentor to boys and girls hurling and football teams with Round Towers GAC and a huge Dublin GAA fan.
Speaking before the co-option Eoin Ó Broin TD said:
‘Mark has been active in his community for decades. He is a committed republican and an active member of Clondalkin Sinn Féin. We are delighted that he put his name forward for the co-option.
‘His work in addiction projects in Clondalkin and Inchicore gives him huge experience dealing with one of the biggest problems facing our community. As a Community Addiction Worker Mark works not only with addiction, but with poverty, homelessness and unemployment.
Speaking before his co-option Mark Ward said:
‘It is a huge honour to have been selected by the Sinn Féin organisation for this co-option. Representing your community both a challenge and an opportunity.
‘As a Councillor my focus will be on tackling the housing and homeless crisis, improving community and youth services, and campaigning for jobs and services for those sections of our community who have been left behind by Fine Gael s two tier recovery.’