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Ireland Vote of no confidence tabled in swing fall TD Bailey

18:05  18 october  2019
18:05  18 october  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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A heave against swing fall compensation case TD Maria Bailey has begun within Fine Gael. A motion of no confidence has been tabled against Ms However, it was decided not to deal with the motion tonight. A counter motion not to vote immediately on the matter and defer to a later date was passed.

Mr Coveney defended the swing -gate TD , saying she "should be allowed to move on". Ms Bailey took a personal injury claim against Dublin's Dean Hotel after a fall from a swing in 2015. The Tánaiste was asked about the motion of no confidence in Ms Bailey by RTÉ Radio One's Seán O'Rouke.

a person in a blue shirt: Maria Bailey. Picture: Gerry Mooney Maria Bailey. Picture: Gerry Mooney

A heave against swing-fall compensation case TD Maria Bailey has begun within Fine Gael.

A motion of no confidence has been tabled in Ms Bailey in the Fine Gael party in her own constituency.

The Dún Laoghaire TD is a candidate for Fine Gael in the forthcoming general election.

However, some senior party figures don’t want her on the ticket because they believe the compensation case controversy will further damage the organisation.

Now, a motion of no confidence has been proposed by the Blackrock District of Fine Gael, a unit of the Dún Laoghaire organisation.

TD Maria Bailey during the Fine Gael parliamentary meeting at the Garryvoe Hotel in Cork. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images) © Catalyst Images TD Maria Bailey during the Fine Gael parliamentary meeting at the Garryvoe Hotel in Cork. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)

But it was decided not to deal with the motion last night.

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A counter-motion not to vote immediately on the matter and defer to a later date was passed.

The progress of the motion will be followed closely within the party.

The process has the potential to remove Ms Bailey as a Fine Gael candidate.A motion of no confidence in a TD from a local organisation would have to make its way up through the ranks of the party.

It would be sent on to the Fine Gael constituency organisation and then would be expected to go to the party's headquarters and the national Executive Council, which makes the ultimate decision on candidates.

The motion in Blackrock was tabled by long-serving and respected Fine Gael councillor Marie Baker.

Ms Baker previously worked for Ms Bailey as an assistant in the TD's office but she left the post 18 months ago.

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Their sitting TD has been in the eye of the storm since her compensation case for falling off a swing in the Dean Hotel came to public attention. When a motion of no confidence was tabled locally in recent weeks, Bailey made an impassioned defence of her position. She referred to the death of her

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Fine Gael sources say opinion is divided over the future of Ms Bailey's candidacy.

Some ministers suggest leaving her on the ticket and allowing the electorate to decide her fate; other senior figures feel her presence could cost the party a seat in Dún Laoghaire and would cause enormous damage to the party's campaign nationally.

As revealed by the Irish Independent, Ms Bailey took a personal injury claim against the Dean Hotel in Dublin after falling off a swing.

An internal Fine Gael report into Ms Bailey's claim against the hotel on Harcourt Street found her affidavit "overstated the impact of her injuries".

On foot of the report, Ms Bailey was removed as chairperson of the Oireachtas Housing Committee, worth €9,500 a year, by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

She subsequently resigned from an Oireachtas committee dealing with ethics.

The controversy over her compensation claim is blamed for damaging the party in the closing week of the local and European elections campaign.

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Maria Bailey initiated a personal injury case after falling from a swing at a Dublin hotel. Ms Bailey later gave an interview to RTÉ radio about the affair that was widely described as a "car-crash" intervention. She was initially legally advised by Josepha Madigan who was then also a backbench

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Ms Bailey is running for Fine Gael in Dún Laoghaire with Junior Education Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor and councillor Barry Ward, also based in the Blackrock area of the constituency.

Fine Gael does have other options for candidates on the ticket, particularly new councillors Jennifer Carroll MacNeill and Lorraine Hall, both of whom served as Government advisers, so are well known within the higher echelons of the party.

Fine Gael is chasing two seats in the four-seat constituency but is under pressure from Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.

Former Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett was also automatically re-elected in the 2016 general election but he is retiring on this occasion.

Ms Bailey's case continues to be a lightning rod for negative publicity for Fine Gael and party TDs continue to distance themselves from their colleague.

Just this week, Culture Minister Josepha Madigan removed a photo featuring Ms Bailey from her social media.

Ms Madigan, the newest member of the Cabinet, has been dragged into controversy over her role in the infamous swing fall compensation case.

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Ms Bailey remains a Fine Gael election candidate. But senior figures don’t want her running as they A motion of no confidence was placed in her last week. Now a motion demanding Fine Gael review Every member of the party in the Dun Laoghaire constituency will be allowed to attend and have a vote .

Another heave against swing fall compensation case TD Maria Bailey has broken out in Fine Gael - this time in her own political backyard. We could not support that,” she added. Maria Bailey set to be kicked-off FG election ticket as local members vote for 'urgent review' of strategy .

The internal party report found Ms Madigan, then a backbench TD, "gave initial legal advice, guidance and assisted Deputy Bailey with her Personal Injuries Assessment Board application".

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