Maureen O'Sullivan (politician)

Maureen O'Sullivan (born 10 March 1951) is a former Irish Independent politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Central constituency from 2009 to 2020.[1][2]

Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen O'Sullivan (official portrait).jpg
Teachta Dála
In office
June 2009 – February 2020
ConstituencyDublin Central
Personal details
Born (1951-03-10) 10 March 1951 (age 68)
East Wall, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity College Dublin

Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

She was a member of Tony Gregory's local political organisation in the 1970s, first canvassing for him and later serving as his election agent. She was co-opted onto Dublin City Council for the North Inner City local electoral area 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 local electoral area. Marie Metcalfe was co-opted to take the seat due to the dual mandate rule; subsequently Anna Quigley replaced Metcalfe on Dublin City 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 allegedly false claim made in her election literature.[10]

On 16 January 2020, O'Sullivan announced she would not be standing in the February 2020 general election.[11]


  1. ^ "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.
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  5. ^ "TDs agree to form technical group". The Irish Times. 9 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Political gender quota legislation planned". RTÉ News. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  7. ^ Hickey, Daniel (17 December 2015). "Mick Wallace and Clare Daly among sureties on bail application for man arrested on IRA and explosive charges". Irish Independent. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  8. ^ Hosford, Paul. "Independent TD defends attempt to post bail for man accused of involvement in plot to bomb Prince Charles visit". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  9. ^ Bardon, Sarah (1 June 2016). "Ministers told they must seek permission to miss Dáil votes over 'delicate voting situation'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Brother of late Tony Gregory criticises TD Maureen O'Sullivan over election claim -". Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  11. ^ O'Connell, Hugh (16 January 2020). "Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan announces she will not run for re-election". Irish Independent. Retrieved 16 January 2020.

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Preceded by
Tony Gregory
Independent Teachta Dála for Dublin Central
Succeeded by
Gary Gannon
(Social Democrats)