Maureen O'Sullivan (politician)

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Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen O'Sullivan 2013.jpg
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 2009
Constituency Dublin Central
Personal details
Born (1951-03-10) 10 March 1951 (age 67)
East Wall, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Alma mater University College Dublin

Maureen O'Sullivan (born 10 March 1951) is an Irish Independent who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Central constituency since the 2009 by-election.[1][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, first canvassing for him and later serving 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, who was in turn replaced by Mel MacGiobúin in March 2014.[4] MacGiobúin failed to be elected at the local elections held in May.

O'Sullivan was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2011 general election. She joined the Dáil Technical group which gave independents and minor parties more speaking time in Dáil debates.[5]

She described a proposal for political gender quota legislation as "tokenistic" and that women were able to get themselves nominated for election.[6]

In December 2015, Maureen O'Sullivan and fellow independent TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace each put forward offers of a €5,000 surety for a 23-year-old man being prosecuted under terrorism legislation in the Special Criminal Court in Dublin charged with membership of an illegal dissident republican terrorist organisation.[7][8]

After the 2016 general election she unsuccessfully stood for election as Ceann Comhairle. She joined a technical group aligned with Independents 4 Change, while remaining outside the Independents 4 Change party.[9] O'Sullivan was criticised by the brother of late TD Tony Gregory, over an alledgedly false claim made in her election literature.[10]


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Preceded by
Tony Gregory
Independent Teachta Dála for Dublin Central