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Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey

Fionnan Sheahan, in the Irish Independent, reports:

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 Bailey within Fine Gael in her own constituency.

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

…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.

Fine Gael heave against ‘swing-gate’ TD Maria Bailey begins as no confidence vote tabled in constituency (Fionnan Sheahan, Irish Independent)

Previously: ‘I Found Myself On The Floor’



Maria Bailey (left) with Simon Coveney (right) and fellow Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell in The Dean Hotel, Dublin – scene of Ms Bailey’s insurance matter – on May 25, 2017

This morning .

On Today with Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One.

The host asked Tánaiste Simon Coveney about the Irish Independent report…

Seán O’Rourke: “One other quick question about domestic politics, Tánaiste. Front page story by Fionnan Sheahan in today’s Irish Independent reporting that a motion of no confidence has been tabled for the Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire. She was somebody who supported your candidature in the leadership election. It’s widely believed that you intervened to dissuade the Taoiseach from removing the party whip from her a few months ago. What is your view of this motion?”

Simon Coveney: “First of all the motion failed. So…that’s not covered in the story. But I would stay here is that, you know, Maria Bailey is somebody who has paid a very, very heavy price for making a mistake. And she continues to pay that price but she is a very hard working TD. She’s been selected to represent Fine Gael in the next general election. She’s looking to rebuild her political career and is working extraordinarily hard to do that.

“But what I would say is that there is a need for fairness here. When people make mistakes, particularly in politics, of course there’s a consequence for that.”

O’Rourke: “Even though it brings the party into disrepute?”

Coveney: “Sorry, we have had a detailed internal investigation into what happened here. The results of that have resulted in the Taoiseach taking disciplinary action. That action has now been taken. And so, you know, what I would say is I would encourage people to have some sense of fair play here and in terms of proportionality as regards the consequences of Maria’s decisions for her. They have taken an extraordinary toll on her personally and her family and her place in politics.

“And, you know, I think that when disciplinary action is taken, when consequences have been faced up to, there is, at some point, surely, an opportunity to allow a person to move on.”

“And, you know, I think it’s important that the Maria Bailey story is put in that kind of context as opposed to something else. Politics is a tough business and the electorate, of course, ultimately, will have their say.

“But the Maria Bailey I know is somebody who desperately would want to rewind the clock…[she’s] paid an extraordinary price for a mistake and is trying to put it behind her.”

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From left: Fine Gael general election candidate Mary Newman Julian; Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has claimed the Green Party’s budget proposals are “positive proof that they have an anti-rural agenda.”

“Implementation of Eamon Ryan’s alternative budget would result in higher taxes, ongoing roads projects being shelved and future projects cancelled in Offaly,” the former junior minister stated.

“The Greens’ budget document does not contain a single policy on the biggest issue facing Offaly and country – Brexit,” she added.

“The Greens have indicated they will increase VAT on fertiliser at a time when farmers are already under pressure.

“They have also called for a re-introduction of a €10 air travel tax on all passengers departing Irish airports. This would negatively impact our tourism industry, a critical part of the rural economy already facing the threat of Brexit.

From an article in the Offaly Express on Tuesday.

‘A bit rich’ – Green Offaly councillor hits back at Fine Gael criticism (Offaly Express)

“The Green Party’s budget proposals are positive proof their leadership knows little about real life in rural Ireland, Fine Gael general election candidate Mary Newman Julian has said.

Implementation of Eamon Ryan’s alternative budget would result in higher taxes, ongoing roads projects being shelved and future projects cancelled in Tipperary.

And on top of this, Ms Newman Julian said the Greens’ budget document did not contain a single policy on the biggest issue facing Tipperary and the country – Brexit.

“The Greens have indicated they will increase VAT on fertilizer at a time when farmers are already under pressure.

“They have also called for a re-introduction of a €10 air travel tax on all passengers departing Irish airports. This would negatively impact our tourism industry, a critical part of the local economy in Tipperary, already facing the threat of Brexit.”

From an article on Tipperary Live, also on Tuesday.

Rob writez:

This is pretty much the same article from two different Fine Gaelers…


Tipperary FG candidate slams Budget proposals from Green Party (Tipperary Live)

Previously: ‘Propaganda Is Something You Pay For’

“Part Of Our Deal Is That We Don’t Have Any Moniker Such As ‘Advertorial’”

This afternoon.

Ballycotton, East Cork

A break during Day 2 of the Fine Gael ‘think-in’ with from top: Senator Frank Feighan and Maria Walsh MEP; lMinister for the Environment and Housing Eoin Murphy and Senator Michelle Mulherin; from left: Heather Humphries, Minister for Enterprise, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring, and Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan; Maria Bailey TD and Senator Tim Lomdbard.

Earlier: “You Can Leave Anytime”

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

This morning.

Members of Fine Gael, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Agriculture and Cork TD Michael Creed (centre pic) and Maria Bailey TD and Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD (above), at the party’s ‘think-in’ at Garryvoe Hotel in Garryvoe, Co Cork.


On RTÉ’s News At One

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, above, told the show:

“Fine Gael is a safe pair of hands in Government. Yes, we’ve made some mistakes….I would ask people to judge governments and judge political parties by their record and I think, by the time an election comes around next May, I would hope that we’ll be able to stand over a very strong record.”

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told those attending the Fine Gael think-in:

“I have always said that I believed that the next general election should take place in the summer of 2020.

I think May 2020 is the right moment. It will allow to us to complete a full parliamentary session in the new year, discharge our Government duties around St Patrick’s Day and the March European Council and have a new Government in place well in advance of the next summer recess.”

May 2020 is the ‘right moment’ for a general election, says Taoiseach (The Irish Times)

Sligo Fine Gael councillor Sinead Maguire

More as they get it.

UPDATE: Cllr Sinead Maguire announces she will not contest GE due to family reasons (Ocean FM)

Gillian Toole, former Fine Gael member and councillor on Meath Council

Fine Gael has confirmed it is investigating allegations that a former member in Meath was referred to as “the n****r in the woodpile” and “the f***ing bitch” at a party meeting on Monday.

The comments are alleged to have been made by a senior party figure about independent councillor Gillian Toole, who quit Fine Gael earlier this year.

The comments are alleged to have been uttered by the person to other members at a party meeting in Kells on Monday that was attended by around 20 people.

Fine Gael investigating allegations of slurs made against former member at party meeting (Independent.ie)

Previously: Gillian Toole Quits Fine Gael (Meath Chronicle, March 12)

Blaine Gaffney, who lost out on a seat in Sligo in the local elections, said he was being asked on doorsteps and through social media what his position was on the controversy and on rising insurance costs.

“It did not help. If we are looking at marginal seat losses, I lost out by a swing of 33 votes and it would make you think. It is an issue, and it is on the lips of everyone in Leinster House

FG grassroots call for publication of report into Bailey compensation claim (Irish Times)


One senior [local Fine Gael] member present at the meeting said that Mr Deasy, who has held a seat in Waterford for Fine Gael since 2002, “came in for severe and sustained criticism” from those present, and that none spoke in support of the backbencher.

“Speaker after speaker came out strongly against John Deasy and his workrate as sitting Fine Gael TD,” the member said.

A motion of no confidence was proposed by one member – not an elected representative – and seconded before being passed overwhelmingly by the meeting which was held in Lawlor’s Hotel in Dungarvan.

Waterford Fine Gael members pass no-confidence motion in TD (RTÉ)



Daniel McConnell, in The Irish Examiner, reports:

Speaking to the Irish Examiner this morning, Mr Deasy said that party bosses have long been aware of problems within the Waterford Fine Gael membership and have done nothing about it.

He said: “The entire Waterford organisation needs to be stood down and reviewed by headquarters; repeated warnings have been given by myself and other with regard to the behaviour of individuals in Waterford for years now.

Tensions have long existed between the Deasy camp and supporters of Senator Paudie Coffey and Mr Deasy revealed that because of “constant bitching” at himself by members, he and his supporters had stopped going to meetings such as that held last night years ago.

“This is well beyond typical interparty, internecine rivalries,” he said.

Deasy calls for local FG organisation be stood down following motion of no confidence in him (Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner)

Related: John Deasy hits back after no confidence motion: ‘Fine Gael has ignored abuse and bullying for years’ (Kevin Doyle, Hugh O’Connell, Irish Independent)


“After receiving a mandate from the Waterford electorate at the 2016 General Election, Fine Gael Deputy John Deasy was appointed special envoy to the US by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and has since been doing important work on a special visa scheme for Irish citizens.

“Fine Gael’s General Secretary Tom Curran will soon be consulting with members and elected representatives in Waterford on finalising the party’s General Election ticket for the constituency.

“One candidate, Senator Paudie Coffey, was previously selected at convention to contest the next General Election.”

Statement issued by Fine Gael this morning.

Via Daniel McConnell


This afternoon.

TU Dublin Grangegorman, Grangegorman Lower, Arran Quay, Dublin.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and cabinet colleagues launch the Government’s ‘Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown’.

To wit:

The Government aims to bring 950,000 electric vehicles into circulation as part of the Climate Action Plan, which has been published this afternoon.

It also plans to introduce legislation to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, and to roll out a nationwide charging system for electric vehicles.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton described the plan as “ambitious but realistic”.

He said it identified how Ireland would achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions, and put the country “on a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050”.

Climate Action Plan ‘ambitious but realistic’ (RTÉ)