Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed Fine Gael will consider removing swing-gate TD Maria Bailey as a candidate in the next general election if her Dun Laoghaire constituency members seek the changes at a meeting tonight.
A Fine Gael move to review how many people run for the party in the next general election in Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin, is expected to see embattled TD Maria Bailey face open criticism tomorrow night after her controversial injury claim against a hotel for falling off a swing.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he still has confidence in Maria Bailey as a general election candidate - despite side-stepping questions over whether he will specifically campaign with her in her constituency during any election race.
HOW much is a pound of flesh worth these days? A different price to different people, obviously, depending on whose flesh is under discussion. But in the case of Maria Bailey it would appear no price is too high when it comes to the ongoing public flailing of the Fine Gael TD.
The furore around the Maria Bailey ‘swing gate’ case helped the public understand the costs bearing down on the insurance industry — but the Government will too quickly forget the lessons over insurance claims and high legal costs, according to FBD boss Fiona Muldoon.
Considering how many people have claimed some form of compo, it is hard not to feel a degree of sympathy towards Maria Bailey — she is perhaps bewildered as to why she has been singled out for special attention. The decisive factors are probably her status not only as a public representative, but of a party supposed to be getting tough on compo culture. It’s an unfortunate context in which to be making a claim.