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One year on: 'Swing-gate' still reverberates in the worlds of politics and law

One year on, the controversy is still having an impact, writes Shane Phelan

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Lapse of judgment: Maria Bailey’s personal injuries action against a Dublin hotel left her political career in tatters. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Lapse of judgment: Maria Bailey’s personal injuries action against a Dublin hotel left her political career in tatters. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Lapse of judgment: Maria Bailey’s personal injuries action against a Dublin hotel left her political career in tatters. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Usually the impact of a court case is felt when it is being heard, or when the judge or jury gives its verdict.

But this time last year, a legal action which never even made it to a hearing had the whole country talking.

The fallout from then Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey's personal injuries action against a Dublin hotel after she fell off an indoor swing would be far-reaching, both in the worlds of politics and the law, and the signs are it is not over yet.