Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.32 30 May 2019


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Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has officially withdrawn her case against a Dublin hotel.

Ms Bailey brought a personal injury claim against the Dean Hotel. after she claimed she fell from a swing in the hotel's restaurant in 2015.

Fine Gael announced on Wednesday it was undertaking an internal review into the civil case taken by the Dún Laoghaire TD.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with Deputy Bailey on Wednesday.

In a statement following the meeting, the party said: "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 Bailey has agreed to participate fully with the review.

Fine Gael has said it will not be making any further comment.

However a spokesman said Ms Bailey remains chair of the Oireachtas Housing Committee.

The Press Up Entertainment Group, which owns the Dean Hotel, confirmed on Thursday the case had been withdrawn.

It said in a statement: "We can now confirm that Maria Bailey TD has officially withdrawn her case against the hotel and a Notice of Discontinuance has been filed in the Circuit Court.

"This matter has reached a formal conclusion and we are satisfied with the result.

"We now want to fully focus on looking after our guests."

She defended her decision to sue the hotel in an interview on Monday.

She said: "Just to be clear: I'm not looking for damages - I was only looking to have my medical expenses recouped.

"And I was never looking for compensation".

She added: "I was hurt, I have medical expenses - nobody questions that here".

She explained: "We saw the swings - nobody was drunk, nobody was messing - they're like polished wood these seats.

"I sat in them, I did have a bottle of beer in my hand and next thing I knew I was on the floor.

"I had my beer in my hand, and then I was reaching for my friend's - had a bottle of wine - she was taking her camera out her jacket."


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