Maurice Quinlivan

Maurice Quinlivan
Maurice Quinlivan
Limerick City Councillor
Assumed office
June 2009
Constituency Limerick North
Personal details
Born 1967
Political party Sinn Féin

Maurice Quinlivan (born 1967) is a Sinn Féin politician and a member of Limerick City Council [1]. He gained prominence for being libelled by Willie O'Dea, which resulted in the Willie O'Dea affidavit controversy.

Personal life

He was born in Ballynanty in Limerick city where he resides with his wife.[2] His brother Nessan Quinlivan, was a former Provisional IRA volunteer.

Political career

He previously ran unsuccessfully as a Sinn Féin candidate at the 2004 local elections for Limerick City Council and for Limerick East at the 2007 general election.[3] He was elected to Limerick City Council in 2009.

During the local election campaign Willie O'Dea gave an interview to the Limerick Leader. In response to criticism about the use of Department of Defence resources for constituency work, O'Dea attacked Quinlivan and claimed that Quinlivan was running a brothel.[4]

Quinlivan responded by launching a High Court defamation challenge against O'Dea. As part of his defence O'Dea swore under oath an affidavit that he had not made this remark.[5] He was forced to retract his denial after the release of a recording of the conversation in which the allegations were made by O'Dea.[5] The case was subsequently settled out of court with O'Dea paying an undisclosed sum in damages and apologising for the remarks.[6] However O'Dea was forced to resign as Minister for Defence over accusations that he had committed perjury.

He was a candidate in the Limerick City constituency at the 2011 general election. He received 8.6% of the first preference votes, coming fifth in the four seat constituency, but was not elected.[7]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Treasurer of Sinn Féin
with Rita O' Hare


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