Jennifer Carroll-MacNeill, Maria Bailey’s replacement on the Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire ticket
Localization Girls writes:
Our “New” FG Election Candidate after the Bailey Out…
Timing a bit unfortunate! Also, so nice of her to give up a whole hour a month for her constituents. My God ,you could meet maybe a whole two people in that time, what a committed public servant!
Previously: Font Farewell
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted that Maria Bailey was removed from the Fine Gael election ticket in a ‘democratic manner’.
Councillor Jennifer Carroll MacNeill has been added to the ticket in Dun Laoghaire after Fine Gael HQ accepted a local motion asking for changes.
Via The Irish Examiner:
Asked about any potential action Ms Bailey may now take to contest the decision, Mr Donohoe said: “It’s a very much a much a matter for Deputy Bailey regarding the response to what happened last night. Last night was a democratic decision that was made by the Executive Council.”
Speaking in Dublin’s north inner city, Mr Donohoe said the controversy had caused public debate but had also been very difficult for Ms Bailey herself.
Last night: Font Farewell
Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey released the statement above after her party’s National Executive Council announced earlier that it was deselecting her as a candidate for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in the next general election.
Earlier: Set In Motion
Previously: ‘I Found Myself On The Floor’
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
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.”
Seats laid out at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire last night; Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey leaving the hotel last night
RTÉ’s Political Correspondent Paul Cunningham told Morning Ireland that last night’s motion calling for an urgent review of general election candidates by Fine Gael’s executive council passed 88 in favour and 66 against.
He said 120 chairs were laid out for last night’s meeting but 160 people turned up, while around 20 people spoke, including Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey.
He described the atmosphere as “pointed but polite” and that most of the speakers spoke against the motion.
He said Ms Bailey told those present that the opinions of Fine Gael’s members mattered to her; she was “always a diligent TD”; she was “fighting for her political life”; and she “regretted how the party became engulfed in media exposure” but she wants to be their candidate.
Last night’s motion is not a binding motion and Fine Gael’s executive council will now have the final say as to who will go on the general election ticket.
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Last night: Sway To Go
Pics: Paul Cunningham
Winner of Hallowe’en this year is this Maria Bailey creation. Send everyone else home! pic.twitter.com/Q0vo2Meksw
— Dusty Springfield’s 1970 B-side ‘Spooky’ (@BrienAyrton) October 31, 2019
Meanwhile, in Dun Laoghaire…
Gavin Reilly tweetz:
NEW: Dún Laoghaire branch of FG PASSES a motion asking party HQ to review its election ticket – in other words, asking it to take Maria Bailey off the #GE20 ticket.
— Sarah McC (@SarahMcCormacks) October 31, 2019
Previously: Rat’s All Folks
Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey
Fine Gael members in Dún Laoghaire will meet this evening to vote on a motion which demands a review of the party’s constituency candidates for the next general election.
While sitting Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey is not named, the motion is widely viewed as a move against her, following her controversial decision to sue a Dublin hotel after falling off a swing at the property.
Previously: Heave Oh [Updated]