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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


In fairness.

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.


Earlier: “The Motion Is Widely Viewed As A Move Against Her”

Previously: Rat’s All Folks

Ah here.

Spotted at the Courtmacsherry Festival, County Cork at the weekend.

Uncanny Séan O’Rourke, In fairness.

Previously: ‘I Found Myself On The Floor’

Pic via Barry Holland

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)