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first_img Previous article#WATCH Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan – it’s a good day to be back for #LimerickNext articleFresh Film Festival winner announced: It is a first in its 20 year history Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Email NewsPolitics#WATCH Pride from Sinn Fein’s first Limerick TD in over 90 yearsBy Staff Reporter – March 10, 2016 783 Facebook Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Deputy Maurice Quinlivan at Leinster House representing the people of Limerick and Sinn Fein, a first for more than 90 yearsAt Leinster HouseSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE last time a Sinn Fein TD from Limerick entered Dáil Éireann, the political landscape in Ireland was a very different place, Ireland was a very different place – it was the early 1920s.Yeats won the Noble Prize for Literature, orders were signed creating the Revenue Commissioners, deValera is arrested and Limerick had its last Sinn Fein representative.But when Maurice Quinlivan stepped through the gates of Leinster House on a Spring morning in 2016, his confidence matched the dapper three piece suit, burgundy shoes and metaphorically broad shoulders.Deputy Maurice Quinlivan at Leinster House representing the people of Limerick and the Sinn Fein party, a first for more than 90 yearsDeputy Quinlivan was bridging a gap of generations and he had the full support of his closest family. As he noted on the night he was elected in February, Deputy Quinlivan said that he was saddened that his late father could not have witnessed his 10,000 plus haul of votes to land him a seat at the 32nd Dail – “he would have been proud”.To the job at hand and Limerick city’s newest TD had more than a sense of purpose about his manner, as he was clearly in Dublin not just to make up the numbers.Setting the emotion of the day briefly to one side, Deputy Quinlivan said that “we wanted to be in Government and that was the platform we ran on” but he accepted that unless his party was the lead group in any Government, “supporting Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael is obviously not something we were elected to do”.The former Sinn Fein councillor said that his party was in talks with other minor groupings to form an alternative Government “but the numbers seem to be suggesting a Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Government.”Noting that a Sinn Fein Ard Fheis was scheduled for the end of next month, Deputy Quinlivan said there was unlikely to be a softening of that stance and that he just couldn’t see them being in Government with either party.“That’s not what we were elected on and it may come as a surprise to some people but we keep our promises”, deputy Quinlivan said who stated that “we wouldn’t be a second fiddle to Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael”[email protected] TAGSDaillimerickMaurice QuinlivanSinn Fein Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img

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