Maureen O'Sullivan (politician)

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Maureen O'Sullivan
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 2009
Constituency Dublin Central
Dublin City Councillor
In office
September 2008 – June 2009
Constituency North Inner City
Personal details
Born (1951-03-10) 10 March 1951 (age 63)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Alma mater University College Dublin

Maureen O'Sullivan (born 10 March 1951) is an Irish independent politician.[1] She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Central constituency since June 2009. She was first elected to Dáil Éireann on 6 June 2009 in a by-election.[2]

Early life[edit]

A native of Dublin's East Wall, she was educated locally at Mount Carmel school. After completing a BA at University College Dublin, she then went on to work as an English and History teacher and guidance counsellor in a secondary school in Baldoyle, a position she held for 30 years.[3]

Political career[edit]

She was a member of Tony Gregory's local political organisation in the 1970s where she served as his director of elections. She was co-opted onto Dublin City Council for the North Inner City area from September 2008 to June 2009 after the retirement of Mick Rafferty.[2] After the death of Tony Gregory, she won the resulting by-election which was held on the same day as the local elections where she also won a seat on Dublin City Council, for the North Inner City electoral area. Marie Metcalfe was co-opted to take the seat due to the dual mandate rule; subsequently Anna Quigley replaced Metcalfe on the council. O'Sullivan was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2011 general election. She is part of the Dáil Technical group which gives independents and minor parties more speaking time in Dáil debates.[4]

She described a proposal for political gender quota legislation as "tokenistic" and that women were able to get themselves nominated for election.[5]


  1. ^ "Mrs. Maureen O'Sullivan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Maureen O'Sullivan". Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Marie O'Halloran (8 June 2009). "O'Sullivan dedicates her victory to Tony Gregory's legacy". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "TDs agree to form technical group". The Irish Times. 9 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Political gender quota legislation planned". RTÉ News. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 

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Preceded by
Tony Gregory
Independent Teachta Dála for Dublin Central