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Friday 20 September 2019

Bailey steps down from two more key posts

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey
Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has stepped down as chair of two more Oireachtas committees in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding her personal injury case.

Ms Bailey resigned as chair of the Select Committee on Members Interests, which provides TDs with guidelines on ethical matters, and also stepped down as chair of the Working Group of Committee Chairs.

She was not receiving any payment for either of these roles.

The Dun Laoghaire TD was sacked as chair of the Oireachtas Housing Committee by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following an internal Fine Gael probe into the personal injury claim she took against a Dublin Hotel after falling from a swing.

Salary

The Housing Committee position came with a €9,500 salary top up.

Last Friday, in a letter seen by the Herald, Ms Bailey wrote to Oireachtas committee secretariat Charles Hearne announcing her decision to resign.

"As you are aware, the Taoiseach made a decision to demote me and remove me as Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government, I now feel that in the interests of the smooth running of the Select Committee on Members Interests it would be best for me to resign as Chair of the Committee," she said.

"Therefore, as I will not (sic) longer be a Committee Chairperson I would like to formally resign as Chair of Working Group of Committee Chairs."

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