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Fine Gael to launch internal review into Maria Bailey compensation case

Mrs Bailey took a personal injury claim against an upmarket Dublin hotel after falling from a swing in its cocktail bar.

Fine Gael politician Maria Bailey (Niall Carson/PA)
Fine Gael politician Maria Bailey (Niall Carson/PA)

Fine Gael is to launch an internal review into Maria Bailey’s personal injury claim.

It was confirmed that the Taoiseach met with the Dublin South TD on Wednesday afternoon.

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with Ms Bailey (Brian Lawless/PA)

A statement from Fine Gael said: “An Taoiseach and Fine Gael party leader Leo Varadkar met today with Deputy Maria Bailey.

“In relation to a civil case which Deputy Bailey is withdrawing from the courts, Fine Gael is undertaking an internal review to establish all facts. The review will be undertaken by David Kennedy, Senior Counsel.

“Deputy Maria Bailey has agreed to participate fully with this review.

“Fine Gael will not be making any further comment at this time.”

Mrs Bailey took a personal injury claim against an upmarket Dublin hotel after falling from a swing in its cocktail bar.

She has faced intense scrutiny since details of the case were reported last week.

The case has caused anger among senior colleagues in Fine Gael, especially as the negative media coverage came in the days before Ireland went to the polls in the local and European elections.

Mrs Bailey, who says she has been subjected to trial by media, revealed at the weekend that she has now dropped the action against the Dean Hotel, insisting she had only taken it to recoup medical costs for an injured back.

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