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