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IrelandLeo Varadkar says Maria Bailey case 'wasn't a plus' during election campaign

14:10  15 june  2019
14:10  15 june  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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The TD dropped her case against the hotel following controversy over it this week.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey ’s now-dropped personal injuries claim against a Speaking at the reopening of the Curragh racecourse in Kildare, Mr Varadkar said he intended to speak with Bailey this week, and admitted that her case had been “an issue on the doors”.

Leo Varadkar says Maria Bailey case 'wasn't a plus' during election campaign © SIPA USA PA Images

TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that the Maria Bailey case “definitely wasn’t a plus” during election campaigning, during a wide-ranging interview that covered housing, the economy, a Cabinet reshuffle, and the next general election.

The Dublin TD dropped her case in relation to a fall off a swing at The Dean hotel after a massive backlash from the public and a “car-crash” radio interview. The party is now reviewing the case.

Varadkar said he’s also spoken to TD Alan Farrell, who recently featured on an episode of Prime Time over his successful compensation claim.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Marian Finucane Show today, Varadkar said that it “doesn’t look good” for the party as it tries to fight a “compo culture” in Ireland.

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People Before Profit TD Brid Smith delivers swing dig against Maria Bailey The representative said she couldn't stand for questions due to a leg injury - then took a pop at the Fine Gael TD

Earlier, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the decision of Ms Bailey to withdraw her personal injury case is “is in the first instance a private matter for her”. Asked about the decision when he arrived at the Citywest Count Centre, Mr Varadkar said “It’s an incident that occurred before she was even elected

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is set to speak with Ms Bailey about the case this week. Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness, who was re- elected an MEP on Monday, said that Ms Bailey ’s legal claim was raised by members of the public during the election campaign .

“We’re going to make it a requirement for all election candidates to make the party aware of previous convictions and court cases – we can’t treat them as private matters anymore because it does have an impact.”

Leo Varadkar says Maria Bailey case 'wasn't a plus' during election campaign © Leah Farrell RollingNews.ie Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey.

When asked what he thought when he heard Maria Bailey’s interview on Sean O’Rourke, Varadkar sighed and said: “I felt really bad for her”.

“She’s a mother, she’s a TD, she’s competent; the interview was ill-advised. I thought she did herself harm and I felt bad for her.”

Responding to the party’s performance in the local elections, Varadkar admitted they didn’t do as well as they had hoped.

He said that in Dublin, a lot of votes that would have gone to Fine Gael in more affluent areas voted for the Green party, and said “we need to respond to what that means”.

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Maria Bailey returns to work amid controversial swing fall compensation case Maria Bailey returns to work amid controversial swing fall compensation case

Leo Varadkar has said that he cannot give a guarantee that the internal report into Maria Bailey ’s Swing Gate controversy will be published. The Taoiseach was speaking in Dublin today where he confirmed that he is not yet in possession of the final report into the infamous compensation case .

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Bailey has caused “reputational damage” to the party.

He said that although unemployment was down and “people have more money in their pockets”, Varadkar said that voters “are not going back to us” and had “gone back to Fianna Fáil, so there’s an issue there for us.”

When asked what that issue is, Varadkar said: “I don’t know – the electorate are never wrong so we need to think about that.”

“It’s the first time a party in government gained seats in 20 years. Other seats we were close to but didn’t get over the line.”

“The party is in its ninth year in government and is still gaining seats, which is hopeful.”

He also said that he would be against a general election this year, but added that it was up to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who Varadkar said has “decided to link the future of this government and the future of this Dáil to Brexit”.

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