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IrelandSwing case TD Maria Bailey drops compensation claim against hotel

20:00  25 may  2019
20:00  25 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

'TD Swing case undermines FG compensation reforms' - Maria Bailey case is criticised by former Justice Minister Michael McDowell

'TD Swing case undermines FG compensation reforms' - Maria Bailey case is criticised by former Justice Minister Michael McDowell THE Government’s efforts to tackle claims culture cannot be taken seriously when a Fine Gael TD is taking a case over falling off a swing, a former Justice Minister warned. Independent Senator Michael McDowell highlighted the controversy surrounding Maria Bailey’s personal injury action against The Dean Hotel in the Seanad. She claims she suffered injuries to her head, back and hip when she fell from a swing inside the premises on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. The hotel is denying any liability.

The Dún Laoghaire TD Maria Bailey is taking a personal injuries case in the Circuit Court against the Dean Hotel of Harcourt Street, Dublin. The hotel has lodged a full defence of the claim and has alleged Ms Bailey (43) had items in both her hands when she sat on the swing .

A former minister for justice has criticised a Fine Gael TD for suing a Dublin hotel after she fell off a swing at the property. It has been reported that Dún Laoghaire TD Maria Bailey is taking a personal injury legal action against The Dean Hotel on Dublin's Harcourt Street for an alleged incident where

Swing case TD Maria Bailey drops compensation claim against hotel Fine Gael's Maria Bailey. Photo: Steve Humphreys

FINE GAEL TD Maria Bailey is withdrawing her compensation claim against a Dublin hotel over a fall from a swing, Independent.ie can reveal.

The Dun Laoghaire TD’s move comes after a week when the controversy overshadowed her party’s local and European election campaigns.

She lodged a personal injuries claim on the basis that she suffered injuries to her head, lower back and hip after falling backward off the swing in the well-known Dean hotel.

It is claimed Ms Bailey can no longer sit or stand for long period without experiencing pain and discomfort as a result of the incident in July 2015.

Minister: It's a matter for Maria Bailey whether or not to withdraw swing fall personal injury claim

Minister: It's a matter for Maria Bailey whether or not to withdraw swing fall personal injury claim MINISTER Josepha Madigan has said it's up to Maria Bailey whether or not she should withdraw her personal injury legal action against a Dublin hotel. Ms Bailey is being represented by Ms Madigan's family law firm in the case she has taken against the Dean Hotel after she fell out of a swing in 2015. Ms Madigan has said she left the practice in 2017. She refused to say if she had any role in advising Ms Bailey saying it would be a "confidential matter". Maria Bailey.

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey claims she suffered injuries after falling off a hotel swing in 2015. The Dun Laoighaire TD 's lawyers said that after the fall, Ms Bailey Defence papers claim Ms Bailey failed to use the swing in a proper manner and held items in both hands, restricting her ability to balance and

Dún Laoghaire TD Maria Bailey is taking a personal injuries case in the Circuit Court against the Dean Hotel of Harcourt Street, Dublin. The hotel has lodged a full defence of the claim and has alleged Ms Bailey (43) had items in both her hands when she sat on the swing .

Ms Bailey now says: "I had nothing to hide. I had an accident, I was hurt and I had medical bills as a result of the accident.”

Swing case TD Maria Bailey drops compensation claim against hotel Busy: Bailey at Longitude

She has decided to withdraw the case because "the past week has been very difficult for my family" and is a distraction from her political work.

In an interview in the Sunday Independent, the politician says she now wants to "draw a line in the sand" on the issue and concentrate on representing her constituency in the Dail.

"As far as I am concerned this matter is now closed," she said.

The climbdown comes after Independent.ie revealed that the Fine Gael backbencher took part in a 10km race three weeks after the fall.

Court papers lodged as part of the case describe her as a “keen runner prior to the accident but could not run at all for three months post-accident and has had to reduce her activities significant since”.

'I haven't had the chance to talk to her about it yet' - Taoiseach to speak with Maria Bailey about dropped swing compensation claim

'I haven't had the chance to talk to her about it yet' - Taoiseach to speak with Maria Bailey about dropped swing compensation claim Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he will talk to Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey next week about her fall from swing compensation claim against the Dean Hotel, which she has now dropped. Ms Bailey confirmed in an interview with the Sunday Independent that she has dropped the case. The Dun Laoghaire TD's move comes after a week when the controversy overshadowed her party's local and European election campaigns. Speaking at the count centre in Citywest, Mr Varadkar said that the matter was a private one for Bailey over an incident that occured "before she was even elected to the Dail".

Maria Bailey has alleged negligence against the Dean Hotel after alleged swing fall in 2015. Independent senator Michael McDowell has criticised Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey for taking legal action against a Dublin hotel after she allegedly fell off a swing and suffered injuries.

Maria Bailey alleges negligence or breach of duty against the Dean Hotel over a fall from a swing He criticised the TD for taking the case , saying “we cannot stand idly by” if the government is The newspaper has also reported the hotel is disputing liability. A number of TDs in the party have said

Swing case TD Maria Bailey drops compensation claim against hotel Busy: Bailey running The Bay 10k

However, she completed the ‘The Bay 10k’ in Dún Laoghaire in a time of 53 minutes and 56 seconds.

Social media posts also show that eight days after the incident she attended the Longitude music festival.

Fine Gael’s top brass are furious with Ms Bailey over how the controversy has played.

She has been widely criticised by political opponents for taking the case at a time when the Government is promising to reform the personal injuries system.

Senior party figures believe the controversy has impacted on performance in the elections.

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan also got dragged into the controversy because Ms Bailey was represented by her family’s law firm. The Minister left the firm in 2017.

It has also emerged that the dates recorded in Ms Bailey’s court submission are inaccurate.

The papers indicate Ms Bailey was in the hotel with friends around 9pm on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Maria Bailey's personal injury claim caused 'reputational damage' for Fine Gael - Varadkar

Maria Bailey's personal injury claim caused 'reputational damage' for Fine Gael - Varadkar Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that Maria Bailey's personal injury claim caused "reputational damage" for Fine Gael. Ms Bailey sought a personal injury claim against Dublin's The Dean hotel over a fall from a swing. The Dun Laoghaire TD has since dropped her claim. Speaking on RTE Radio One's This Week, Mr Varadkar said that Ms Bailey's claim was brought up when local election candidates were canvassing over the past week. "I have always taken the view that this was a private matter. She sought this case before she was TD and it's a case that she took without any consultation with the Fine Gael party.

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WATCH: Former Minister for Justice @SenatorMcDowell has criticised Fine Gael TD @MariaBaileyFG for suing a Dublin hotel after she fell off a swing at If the Government is serious about driving down the claims culture, we cannot stand idly by when adults lose their seat with two objects, one in each

Sources close to the TD say the incident actually took place on the previous Friday evening.

The following morning she woke up with severe back pain at 6.30am which prevented her from getting out of bed.

A doctor was called but was not able to attend and 45 minutes later Ms Bailey did "extricate herself" from bed with the assistance of her mother and medication.

The papers say she was "then taken to the A&E Department of the Beacon Hospital, Sandyford".

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'We're satisfied with the result': Dean Hotel confirms Maria Bailey has officially withdrawn case.
'We're satisfied with the result': Dean Hotel confirms Maria Bailey has officially withdrawn case

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