Insurance payouts cap could go to referendum - Varadkar
The Taoiseach has raised the prospect of holding a referendum to cap insurance payouts if the Government's reforms do not work. Mr Varadkar raised the possibility at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last night where TDs spoke out on the issue. Dublin Bay-South deputy Kate O'Connell hit out at people taking unjustified personal injury claims. Ms O'Connell said "life is a contact sport" and sometimes people fall over and hurt themselves and it's nobody else's fault.Ms O'Connell said TDs make laws that are being "pushed to the limits" by some professionals advising people on making claims.
Maria Bailey is a mother of two children who combines an active lifestyle around her family, work and home. Like many of her contemporaries, she The latest increase in housing supply is key to solving our housing crisis, according to Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey , who says that the figures are going in the
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Swing-gate TD Maria Bailey has pocketed €150 after winning a cash prize at the Fine Gael super draw.
At a raffle draw in McGrattans Bar in Dublin City Centre on Thursday, Ms Bailey’s name was drawn for one of the smaller cash prizes of €150. The top prize of €20,000 went to the brother of Noel Rock’s partner.
Fine Gael sold 11,500 super draw tickets this year at €80 a head which means the party raised €920,000 from the political fundraiser.
The small win for the embattled Ms Bailey comes after Fine Gael removed her from the party’s general election ticket in Dun Laoghaire.
Fianna Fáil set to make fresh effort to block judges bill
Fianna Fáil is to mount a fresh attempt to block controversial legislation to overhaul how judges are appointed after the Government guillotined debate in the Seanad. Justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan said he plans to put down amendments to the bill when it returns to the Dáil in the new year. "We will continue to oppose it. It is still a very bad piece of legislation, notwithstanding the amendments made in the Seanad," he said.
Maria Bailey (born 21 November 1975) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has been a Teachta Dála ( TD ) for the Dún Laoghaire constituency since 2016.
A Fine Gael TD has criticised Sinn Féin for focusing on stunts instead of solutions when it comes to the very important issue of housing. The latest increase in housing supply is key to solving our housing crisis, according to Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey , who says that the figures are going in the right
The one-term TD had been at the centre of a controversy over her decision to take a personal injury case after she fell off a swing in a Dublin City Centre hotel.
It later emerged court documents suggested she could not run for three months after the fall while social media posts showed she ran a half marathon within weeks of the incident.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ordered a review of Ms Bailey’s personal injury case which found she had “over-stated the impact of her injuries on her running”.
The inquiry said it was unlikely a court would concluded that she “deliberately sought to mislead” about the impact of her injuries.
However, the Taoiseach said he could not “reconcile” with the “inconsistencies” in Ms Bailey’s account of the incident to him and in her media interviews.
She was removed as chair of three different Oireachtas committees after the Fine Gael review was given to the Taoiseach. However, he decided she should be allowed to remain on Fine Gael’s general election ticket.
Ms Bailey’s Dun Laoghaire branch subsequently passed a motion calling for the constituency’s ticket to be reviewed by the party’s national executive.
The decision was eventually taken to remove her from the ticket and the Taoiseach said private opinion poll data influenced the move to deselect her from the party’s general election campaign.
'I'm no racist,' insists Murphy - as she hints at run as independent .
Former Fine Gael candidate Verona Murphy has denied she is a racist, while questioning whether it would take a London Bridge-style attack in Wexford before issues about "unrestricted migrants" are raised. As Fine Gael ministers sharply criticised Ms Murphy for her latest comments on migration yesterday, the former by-election candidate strongly hinted she would run in next year's general election as an independent - posing a further headache for Fine Gael in Wexford.