Sunday 25 August 2019

Questions minister is yet to answer on her involvement in the Bailey case

Josepha Madigan and Maria Bailey. Picture: Paul Sherwood
Josepha Madigan and Maria Bailey. Picture: Paul Sherwood

There are several outstanding questions for Culture Minister Josepha Madigan on her involvement in the Maria Bailey personal injury claim.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has argued she has no questions to answer on the issue. However, the findings of a probe by barrister David Kennedy aren't being published for the public to see.

Ms Madigan has so far declined to answer the following questions posed by the Irish Independent:

:: When did she first learn of the swing incident in the Dean Hotel from Ms Bailey?

:: What did she advise Ms Bailey about her prospects of success?

:: Did she offer her family's law firm, Madigans Solicitors, as legal representatives or was she approached by Ms Bailey to take on the case?

:: Precisely what was the nature of the initial legal advice provided by Ms Madigan to Ms Bailey?

:: Did Ms Madigan advise Ms Bailey at any point that she should not proceed with a claim?

:: Did Ms Madigan raise concerns about the case with Ms Bailey at any point, even in the early stages during the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) application?

:: She may not have dealt with the subsequent legal proceedings, but did Ms Madigan advise Ms Bailey to go to the Circuit Court once the hotel did not engage with the PIAB?

:: Does Ms Madigan believe that falling from an unsupervised swing while holding items in both hands justifies a legal action?

:: Would Ms Madigan be happy to have Mr Kennedy's report published so the public can see his findings in relation to her involvement?

Irish Independent

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