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Maria Bailey's Judgement Questioned After "Car Crash" Interview About Injury Claim

Maria Bailey's judgement has been called into question after a radio interview this morning in which...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:23 PM - 27 May 2019



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Maria Bailey's Judgement Questioned After "Car Crash" Interview About Injury Claim

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:23 PM - 27 May 2019

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Maria Bailey's judgement has been called into question after a radio interview this morning in which she tried to defend her claim for damages against a Dublin hotel.

The Fine Gael TD took legal action against the Dean Hotel for injuries she received after falling off a swing on the premises in 2015. The case has since been dropped.

The Irish Independent reported over the weekend that she ran a 10k race three weeks after the incident, despite her claims that she had been unable to run for three months.

In her interview with Sean O'Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, which was branded a "car crash" by some on social media, she claimed that there had been an invasion of her privacy and humanity.

Health Minister Simon Harris described the interview as "unfortunate" and added that Bailey should have met with the Taoiseach before choosing to go on the radio.

The story has raised questions about the prevalence of compensation culture in Ireland.

Neil McDonnell, CEO of ISME, Shane Phelan, Legal Affairs Editor with the Irish Independent, and Stuart Gilhooly, solicitor and past president of the Law Society, joined us to discuss this.

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