Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey leaving the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire last month


Fine Gael’s national executive is due to meet at the party’s headquarters on Mount Street Upper in Dublin 2.

On the agenda is a motion from the party’s Dún Laoghaire branch calling for a review of the constituency’s general election candidates.

The motion is widely viewed as a move against Maria Bailey, following her decision to sue a Dublin hotel after falling off a swing at the premises.

It reportedly passed 88 in favour and 66 against on October 31 when a vote was taken at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

Previously: 88 In Favour, 66 Against

“I Found Myself On The Floor”



Last night.

Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin released a statement saying Seantor Lorraine Clifford-Lee (above) is “genuinely sorry” for the comments she made on Twitter.

Ms Clifford-Lee is running for a TD seat in the Fingal by-election on November 29.

Mr Martin also said in the statement: “I believe that everyone should get a second chance.”

Rollingnews/Hugh O’Connell


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9 thoughts on “Set In Motion

  1. Dr.Fart

    sure clifford-lee will probably get the minister for culture gig some day. anti-traveler sentiment is a pre-requisite for that role.

  2. Gabby

    A Shakespearean quote for the kingmakers in Mount Street and Leinster House:

    The quality of mercy is not strained.
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
    It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
    ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
    The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
    His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
    The attribute to awe and majesty
    Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
    But mercy is above this sceptered sway.

    I can quote from the Sermon on the Mount [Matt. 5-7] if you like.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    She wont be.much of an addition to the Dail if someone else has to speak for her.
    MM ‘A Ceann Comhairle, my colleague Clifford-Lee sitting beside me would like me to ask the Taoiseach on her behalf…’

  4. Frank O

    there was a whole segment on Newstalk this morning with Pat Kenny bemoaning the abuse elected representatives have to endure and heres yer wan calling people “knackers” and “black dwarfs”. it’s a case of do as we say not as we do.

    1. Cian

      Not wanting to defend Clifford-Lee , but only one of those is a slur.

      She is out of line when she used the word “knacker”, it is not acceptable.

      However, describing a black dwarf as a “black dwarf” is not racist, it is descriptive. OTOH if she called him a “m***** n***** ” it would be racist and not acceptable.

      1. topsy

        What about calling women who went to Wright’s – sluts, or the comment about the woman & the dog. Good God.

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