A motion of no confidence has been tabled against Maria Bailey 3 weeks ago

A motion of no confidence has been tabled against Maria Bailey

The motion has been tabled in her own constituency.

A motion of no confidence has been tabled against Maria Bailey following the controversy surrounding a case she brought against a Dublin hotel earlier this year.

In a case that attracted huge attention, Bailey lodged a personal injuries claim against The Dean Hotel in Dublin after she fell off a swing in the popular Sophie's Bar. She later withdrew the case.

The motion of no confidence has been tabled in her own constituency of Dún Laoghaire and was put down by the Blackrock District of Fine Gael.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has since defended Bailey, saying that she has paid a "heavy price for making a mistake".

Speaking on Today with Sean O'Rourke on Friday, (the same broadcaster hosted an infamous interview with Bailey earlier this year in which she claimed she did nothing wrong), Coveney came to the defence of his colleague.

He said: "Maria Bailey is somebody who has paid a very very heavy price for making a mistake... and she continues to pay that price.

"She is a very hard working TD, she has been selected to represent Fine Gael in the next General Election.

"The Maria Bailey I know is somebody who would desperately like to rewind the clock on some of the choices she made.

"She has paid an extraordinary price for a mistake and is dying to move on."

You can listen to Coveney's interview on Today with Sean O'Rourke in full here.