WATCH: Maria Bailey case is criticised by former justice minister Michael McDowell
The Government’s efforts to tackle claims culture cannot be taken seriously when a Fine Gael TD is taking a case over falling off a swing, a former justice minister warned. Senator Michael McDowell highlighted the controversy surrounding Maria Bailey’s personal-injury action against the Dean Hotel in the Seanad. She claims she suffered injuries to her head, back and hip when she fell from a swing inside the premises on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. The hotel is denying any liability. It comes at a time when there is sharp political focus on personal injuries payouts in the courts, a matter that barrister Mr McDowell chose to highlight last night. He questioned the proposition that “there should be supervisors for swings when adults are using them and that it’s a matter of civil liability if there isn’t”.