Thursday 19 September 2019

Varadkar satisfied Madigan has no questions to answer over Maria Bailey personal injury case

Maria Bailey TD and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Maria Bailey TD and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he's satisfied that minister Josepha Madigan has no questions to answer over the Maria Bailey personal injury case.

The culture minister's family's law firm represented Ms Bailey in the now dropped legal actions she took against the Dean Hotel after an incident where she fell off a swing.

Ms Madigan left the practice in 2017. 

Fine Gael appointed barrister David Kennedy to establish "all the facts" surrounding Ms Bailey's legal action and he has completed his report.

Mr Varadkar was asked by RTÉ Radio's Seán O'Rourke if he is satisfied that minister Josepha Madigan has no questions to answer in relation to this case and the Taoiseach replied "yes".

Ms Bailey's father - Fine Gael councillor John Bailey - passed away and his funeral was last weekend.

The announcement of the results of Mr Kennedy's examination of the case was delayed as a result.

Mr Varadkar was asked if he would now say if Ms Bailey will face a sanction over the case.

He said: "The intention is next week.

"Maria as you know buried her father last weekend and he wasn’t just her father, he was a Fine Gael councillor as well.

"They were a political team and out of respect to him and her and the rest of her family I thought we should wait. But next week I intend to."

Asked if there will be a sanction he said: "I don’t want to announce that on the radio out of respect to Maria and her family."

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