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Bruton backs 'swing-gate' TD Bailey to run for Fine Gael in next election

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Maria Bailey. Photo: Tom Burke

Maria Bailey. Photo: Tom Burke

Maria Bailey. Photo: Tom Burke

MINISTER Richard Bruton has said he has “great confidence” in ‘swing-gate’ TD Maria Bailey and supports run for Fine Gael in the next election.

He said he “absolutely” supports Ms Bailey remaining on the party’s ticket in Dun Laoghaire.

In recent weeks, a number of Cabinet ministers have been lukewarm in backing and Bailey’s candidacy in the wake of her personal injury claim against a Dublin hotel.

Ms Bailey took legal action against the Dean Hotel after a fall from a swing on a night out.

She has since dropped the case.

Mr Bruton said: “I have great confidence in Maria Bailey. She may have made a mistake - what one of us have not made a mistake?

“She has admitted her mistake and she is offering herself for election by the electorate...

“The electorate will make this decision but Maria Bailey is someone that I strongly support to be on the ticket.”

Business minister Heather Humphreys said she believes Ms Bailey “has paid a high price and I feel that ultimately it is up to the electorate in that constituency to decide whether Maria Bailey is elected to the Dáil in the next election or not.”

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