Maria Bailey has announced she will not run in the general election
Maria Bailey announced the news on Wednesday morning.
Maria Bailey has announced that she will not be seeking re-election to Dáil Éireann for the constituency of Dún Laoghaire in the upcoming General Election.
In November of 2019, Bailey was deselected as a candidate by Fine Gael, but she has announced on Wednesday morning that she will not be running in any capacity.
Her statement reads: "It is with great sadness, that after 16 years as an elected representative in Dún Laoghaire, I will not be standing in this election. This is a role that I have been truly passionate, proud and humbled by.
Bailey thanked those who had supported her throughout her time as a TD, saying: "The past number of months have been extremely difficult for me both privately and politically."
Bailey was recently the subject of a case that attracted huge attention, where she 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.
You can read her statement in full here: