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Maria Bailey Loses Vote That Could End Her Political Career

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

6:39 AM - 1 Nov 2019



Maria Bailey's Fine Gael branch has called for an urgent review of her place on the party's election ticket.

Last night the TD at the centre of swing-gate controversy lost a vote that could spell the end of her political career.

More than 100 people gathered in Dun Laoghaire last night to decide whether or not to review the party's general election ticket.

It came after local disquiet over TD Maria Bailey, and how she handled the swing-gate controversy.

Deputy Bailey tried to sue the Dean Hotel in Dublin after falling off a swing at the premises, a case she later dropped.

The meeting last night heard from Deputy Bailey and her detractors, with some calling for her removal from the party ticket.

A majority voted in favour of a review of the party's strategy at the election.

While it doesn't name Maria Bailey specifically, it's been taken as a clear sign members in Dun Laoghaire want her removed from the ballot.

The decision will now be considered by Fine Gael HQ - with Minister Paschal Donohoe, who's director of organisation for the next election, making the call along with the Taoiseach.

Reporting by Sean Defoe.



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