Maureen O'Sullivan (politician)

Maureen O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan in 2013
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 2009
Constituency Dublin Central
Personal details
Born (1951-03-10) 10 March 1951
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 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

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

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]

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.[8]


Preceded by
Tony Gregory
Independent Teachta Dála for Dublin Central
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