SINN Fein’s only councillor in Limerick Maurice Quinlivan is out of action after receiving a series of injuries to his back in a fall over Christmas.
Cllr Quinlivan, based in Ballynanty, damaged a number of bones in his back and bruised some of his ribs after falling down the stairs in the middle of the night.
It forced him to miss Sinn Fein’s annual Sean South commemoration in the city which took place last Sunday.
While Cllr Quinlivan was not available for comment this week, local Sinn Fein activist Padraig Malone said: “He had a very bad knockout, and is wearing a brace at the moment. But he can walk okay.”
It is understood the northside councillor got up in the middle of the night to feed his pet dog, lost his footing and fell down the stairs.
Although he was in hospital in Dublin, he has returned home and is recuperating now.
He is working from home, and is on the mend, and is expected to make a full recovery in a few weeks.
Cllr Quinlivan became Sinn Fein’s first political representative in more than 50 years after securing 7.25% of the vote on the northside.
He also contested the general election in 2011, where he finished fifth.