An impressive list of lawyers are standing in next week's elections. But why do they bother? Dearbhail McDonald reports
For months, he has been pounding the streets and pressing the flesh to procure a No 1 vote. Barry Ward, a barrister and first-time local election candidate for Fine Gael, is no stranger to politics, having spent two years as legal adviser to party leader Enda Kenny.
That exposure gave Ward a thirst for public office, but in the end it was a backyard dispute over a local ice rink that sent him into the political fray.
"The trigger for me was when I got involved (as legal adviser) with the local residents' association," said Ward, who faces off law library colleague Fred Gilligan, son of High Court judge Paul Gilligan, in Blackrock, Dublin.