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IrelandFine Gael TD Bailey is suing top Dublin hotel after she fell off swing

10:45  20 may  2019
10:45  20 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Fine Gael TD Bailey is suing top Dublin hotel after she fell off swing © Copyright Collins Photo Agency Talking politics: Fine Gael TDs Maria Bailey (left) and Kate O’Connell with Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the Dean Hotel, Dublin in 2017. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has taken a personal injury legal action against a well-known Dublin hotel, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Ms Bailey, who represents Dún Laoghaire, is suing the Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street for an alleged incident involving a swing that took place before she became a TD.

It is understood that the claim relates to an alleged fall from an internal swing at the hotel, which happened while Ms Bailey was visiting the hotel with friends.

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It is believed that she will claim negligence on the part of the hotel, which is defending the claims.

The revelation comes at a time when there is a sharp political focus on personal injury claims and spiralling insurance costs.

It is understood the alleged incident involved a fall that occurred in 2015.

Ms Bailey was a councillor representing the Killiney/Ballybrack ward of Dún Laoghaire County Council at the time.

The case is listed among motions due to come before the Circuit Court County Registrar today.

It is recorded as "Maria Bailey Ryan v Holtend Limited trading as The Dean Hotel".

Ms Bailey's husband's name is James Ryan.

Fine Gael TD Bailey is suing top Dublin hotel after she fell off swing © Getty

The maximum payout for successful personal injury actions in the Circuit Court is €60,000. Ms Bailey refused to comment on the case when she was contacted last night.

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A spokesperson for the Dean Hotel also declined to comment. The trendy hotel was chosen for a high-profile launch of policy priorities by Simon Coveney during his battle against Leo Varadkar for the Fine Gael leadership in May 2017.

Ms Bailey, who was a strong supporter of Mr Coveney's bid to succeed then Taoiseach Enda Kenny, was present at that event.

Another Fine Gael TD, Kate O'Connell, acted as MC at the launch where she joked that many of those present might be more familiar with the surroundings during the hours of darkness.

Ms Bailey is the chairperson of the Oireachtas Housing Committee and a close ally of Mr Coveney. She was first elected as a TD in the 2016 general election. She was a councillor for 12 years before winning her Dáil seat.

Fine Gael TD Bailey is suing top Dublin hotel after she fell off swing © Getty Her father, John Bailey, is an out-going Dún Laoghaire Rathdown councillor, who is seeking re-election in this week's vote.

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The Dean Hotel was opened in late 2014 after the Harcourt Street building was given a €5.5m overhaul.

Ms Bailey is not the only Fine Gael TD to take a personal injury legal action in recent years.

In 2018, Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell was awarded €2,500 in damages. His action followed a collision with a rental van that left him with minor injuries. The accident occurred when a woman in a Hertz rental van took her foot off the brake when a spider ran across her arm, frightening her while driving and causing her vehicle to roll into the back of his Audi.

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Taoiseach to meet Maria Bailey 'as early as tomorrow' to discuss swing fall insurance claim.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Bailey has caused “reputational damage” to the party.  It is understood that the Taoiseach, who is in Brussels Tuesday, will meet with Bailey this week to discuss the matter. The Taoiseach said he has a number of questions to ask Bailey, with a meeting with the Dun Laoghaire TD due to be held “in the near future” according to the government press secretary. Fine Gael TDs and ministers reacted to the radio interview yesterday, with Health Minister Simon Harris calling it “unfortunate” and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty stating that Bailey did “a disservice” to herself.

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