Bailey: nobody was drunk, I wanted my €7k medical bill paid
Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has instructed her solicitors to withdraw legal proceedings against the Dean Hotel in Dublin over a fall from a swing in which she says she was seriously injured.
Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Independent yesterday, Ms Bailey said: "I had nothing to hide. I had an accident, I was hurt and I had medical bills as a result of the accident."
But the Dun Laoghaire TD has decided to withdraw the case because "the past week has been very difficult for my family" and a distraction from her political work. Speaking for the first time since the controversy was revealed, Ms Bailey said she now wants to "draw a line in the sand" on the issue and concentrate on representing her constituency in the Dail.
She said that on the night of the incident she was "holding somebody's bottle" while posing for a photograph on the swing and insisted that "nobody was drunk, nobody was messing".
"We had one glass of wine before going out and we had just one glass at the hotel.
"As far as I am concerned, this matter is now closed," she said.
The Dean denies negligence saying if injury was suffered, it was due to Ms Bailey's own negligence as she was holding items in both hands when she fell, restricting her ability to balance and preventing her from holding rope grips properly.