- Maurice Quinlivan
Maurice Quinlivan Limerick City Councillor Incumbent Assumed office
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 . He gained prominence for being libelled by Willie O'Dea, which resulted in the Willie O'Dea affidavit controversy.
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. 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.
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. 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. The case was subsequently settled out of court with O'Dea paying an undisclosed sum in damages and apologising for the remarks. However O'Dea was forced to resign as Minister for Defence over accusations that he had committed perjury.
- ^ http://www.limerickcorp.ie/YourCouncil/ElectedMembers/
- ^ http://www.anphoblacht.com/news/detail/17554
- ^ http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?id=5371
- ^ "Transcript of Willie O'Dea interview". The Irish Times. 18 February 2010. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0218/breaking33.html. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- ^ a b "Brothel remark Irish defence minister O'Dea resigns". BBC. 18 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8523168.stm. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- ^ "O'Dea apologises for defamatory statements". RTÉ. 21 December 2009. http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/1221/odeaw.html. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- ^ http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/19887
Party political offices Preceded by
Treasurer of Sinn Féin
with Rita O' Hare
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