The estranged wife of Daryl Maguire lives a humble life dedicated to her beloved animals and helping sick children and the elderly after splitting from the disgraced MP.
Maureen Maguire relocated to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland from her family home in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, shortly after their marriage broke down in 2015.
Her former husband, who was later booted from parliament amid corruption allegations, would go on to strike up a five-year relationship with Gladys Berejiklian, it was revealed on Monday.
‘We had breakfast one early morning more than five years ago when she told me she was moving to Noosaville to begin a new life after she and Daryl split,’ Wagga Wagga councillor Yvonne Braid told Newscorp.
Maureen Maguire (pictured) lives a humble life dedicated to her beloved animals and helping sick children and the elderly after splitting from the disgraced MP
‘When she left for Noosaville she became a totally different person. She was free, she rode Harley-Davidsons, she travelled Europe, she was herself,’ a friend said of Ms Maguire (pictured)
Ms Braid said Ms Maguire had earned the nickname ‘The Angel’ around Wagga Wagga because of her generous and kind nature.
She said her two passions are animals and the elderly, adding that she would frequently spend hours keeping the elderly company because it upset her to think of anyone as abandoned.
She would also focus her efforts on supporting the families of seriously ill children, Ms Braid said.
‘She adores her son and daughter but, you know, the last 10 years she and Daryl were not together, she never spoke about him, they lived largely separate lives, you never ever saw them together around Wagga.’
Ms Maguire’s daughter also lives near the Sunshine Coast and being closer to her was part of the motivation for her move, Ms Braid said.
Other friends describe Ms Maguire as shy and say she had not been on good terms with her former husband for about 10 years before they split about a decade ago.
‘When she left for Noosaville she became a totally different person. She was free, she rode Harley-Davidsons, she travelled Europe, she was herself,’ one friend said.
Ms Maguire moved to a two-bedroom unit in Noosaville in about 2012, with Mr Maguire buying her out of their $2.6million four-bedroom Wagga Wagga house five years later.
On Monday, an Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing was told by sitting New South Premier Gladys Berejiklian that she and Mr Maguire had been in a relationship since 2015.
During their relationship, Mr Maguire quit parliament after admitting to a previous ICAC inquiry that he sought private payment for a property deal he brokered while a sitting MP.
Ms Berejiklian told the inquiry she ended their liaison ‘a few months ago’ and had no knowledge of his business dealings.
Daryl Maguire (left) and Gladys Berejiklian (right) were revealed on Monday to have been in a relationship since 2015
NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay gave notice on Tuesday she will move a motion of no confidence against the premier, before peppering her with questions as other Labor MPs heckled.
‘She turned a blind eye to corruption in her government by failing to report her knowledge of Darryl Maguire’s business dealings for six-and- a-half years,’ Ms McKay said.
She accused the premier of being complicit in Mr Maguire’s alleged corruption by neglecting her legal obligations to report it to ICAC.
Phone calls played at the inquiry proved she knew about his business affairs, Ms McKay said.
The motion will be debated on Wednesday straight after question time.
But Ms Berejiklian in parliament again insisted she had no inkling her ex-boyfriend’s dealings may be dodgy.
Ms McKay called the premier delusional as Ms Berejiklian told the parliament she had at all times acted with integrity.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian during a press conference at NSW Parliament House after giving evidence at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption on October 12, 2020 in Sydney, Australia
‘At any stage, had myself or any of my colleagues or the public servants who were in contact with him picked up that there was any wrongdoing, it would have been reported,’ she said.
‘I bet there are times when you thought you could trust someone and you couldn’t.
‘I think everybody would argue, whether or not they choose to support me or believe me, that I was full and frank in my evidence yesterday.’
It has been a turbulent month for the Berejiklian government, with Deputy Premier John Barilaro causing headaches for them last parliamentary sitting after he threatened to blow up the coalition over koala policy.
He too was hit with a no confidence motion bought by Labor, which he survived with the backing of his disappointed Liberal colleagues.