Olivia O’Sullivan was elected as a Fine Gael Councillor in the Limerick City North Electoral Area in 2019. A self-employed working mother of two young children, Olivia is a marketing and communications consultant with background in graphic design and the media, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications from Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT.
Olivia grew up in Caherdavin on Limerick’s Northside, as did her husband, and their families are very active in the area. Despite not having any background in politics, she stepped forward to run for her community, to give Caherdavin, and the wider local area, a voice in Limerick City & County Council. She is passionate about working for all of Limerick City North to enhance the local community and maximise the area’s potential.
Very active in the promotion of local food, festivals and events, Olivia has worked extensively in the cultural and tourism space. A proponent of arts and culture, she was part of the Limerick City of Culture team in 2014 and continues to promote and support Limerick’s cultural and creative communities. Olivia is co-founder of non-profit Limerick Food Group, and Limerick’s annual Pigtown Culture & Food Series. She is a member of the Limerick Food Strategy Steering Committee and creator of the Eat in Limerick guidemap and website at eatinlimerick.ie
Formerly a local newspaper columnist in Limerick for 14 years, Olivia sits on the Board of Management for Thomond Community College, and is board member of Limerick Market Trustees, Innovate Limerick and Fidget Feet Aerial Dance. A sports fan, she follows local club Na Piarsaigh GAA, Limerick GAA and Munster Rugby. Olivia was a member of the Young Munster Women’s team that won the All-Ireland Shield in 2010 and was the first woman elected to the senior committee of Young Munster RFC.
Olivia’s priorities include:
- women and family – advocating for women’s issues and supporting families
- healthy living – promoting healthy and active lives in our communities for better outcomes
- supporting local business – promoting and ‘supporting local’ which is now more important than ever
- promoting Limerick’s food culture – celebrating our rich food heritage, local food producers and vibrant food scene
- arts and culture – promoting and supporting our cultural and creative communities