LIMERICK TD Maurice Quinlivan has revealed that he made the decision not to take a front-bench position with Sinn Fein after requesting a new role in the opposition party.
Speaking to the Limerick Post this week, Deputy Quinlivan said: “My decision not to take on a front-bench position was made following numerous conversations with our Party President, Mary Lou McDonald. It was my decision and I have requested a new role that will leave me, I believe, best positioned to serve the constituents of Limerick City much better.
”I now am the only opposition TD in Limerick. I am very proud of my efforts in the last Dáil as our spokesperson on Jobs, Workers Rights and Pay Equality and appreciate the trust that was placed in me by my colleagues and I am excited to commence a new role within our talented Dáil team, a role that should will be announced pretty soon.”
Deputy Quinlivan believes the new Sinn Féin front bench team for the 33rd Dáil will be the most effective opposition in the history of the State.
“Our front bench team is ready for this challenge. My party are eager to play a constructive role in this Dáil and are ready to hold each Minister to account on behalf of our constituents.
“The Sinn Féin front bench is extremely strong. I am delighted that colleagues such as Pearse Doherty and Eoin O’Broin have remained in their roles. I am equally pleased that we have injected new voices to this team.
“We believe we have a team that can make a strong contribution in this Dáil and I am eager to support my colleagues in this effort. This team is oozing with talent and I look forward to working with my colleagues closely as they tackle their specific briefs.”
Quinlivan went onto describe representing the constituents of Limerick as an “honour”.
”I am grateful they have demonstrated such confidence in myself and Sinn Féin. We received massive support in the February election, and we will be making every effort to achieve the change that this country and our city needs,” he concluded.