Michelle Mulherin has jumped to the defence of her Fine Gael colleague Maria Bailey over coverage of her swing incident.
Mrs Bailey has been taken off the Fine Gael election ticket for Dun Laoghaire after months of backlash over a personal injury case she took out against The Dean Hotel.
The TD withdrew her legal action after it became public, but high ranking members of the party were unhappy about the unwanted attention placed on the party.
In a statement she apologised for the ‘difficulties’ she may have caused, but said that she was also ‘disappointed’ with the decision.
Senator Mulherin has since jumped to her defence, insisting that the coverage of Mrs Bailey in the media wasn’t ‘fair’ and caused her downfall within Fine Gael.
Speaking on The Tonight Show on Virgin Media, Mrs Mulherin told Matt Cooper: ‘Well I’m very disappointed for Maria as a colleague in the party.
‘I know she worked really hard in her constituency and in all the portfolios she had, including housing. Tonight has to be very difficult for her.’
When asked about the decision to take her off the ticket, the senator responded: ‘I think the coverage of what happened to her hasn’t been proportionate or fair.
‘This has been going on since last May. It has been incessant the sort of coverage she got the abuse she’s got and I seriously wonder if she was a man if she would have got it.
‘I’m speaking from my own personal view here and I know a lot of people will share it.
‘I suppose Maria has to consider her position. She’s a strong performer, I wouldn’t be writing Maria off.’
MARIE BAILEY IS THE FIRST FINE GAEL TURKEY TO BE PLUCKED BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND RIGHTLY SO. HER ARROGANCE OFFENDS COMMON DECENCY. IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS, THE LONG DISTANCE TO ANOTHER CONTINENT PHONE CALLER, JUMPS IN TO DEFEND HER. MICHELLE MULHERIN PERSONALLY IS A DISGRACE TO ANY PARTY. SHE WAS CAUGHT MAKING ILLEGAL PHONE CALLS AND BILLING THE TAX PAYER BUT IT WAS SETTLED WHEN SHE WAS FORCED TO REPAY THE DEBT OWED. IN ANY OTHER EMPLOYMENT OR SIMILAR SITUATION SHE WOULD BE SACKED AND BEFORE THE COURTS. THE PEOPLE SPOKE WITH VOTES – MICHELLE MULHERIN LOST HER SEAT AND THEN DAME EDNA KENNY REWARDED HER BY GIVING HER A SEAT IN THE SEANAD. POLITICS IN IRELAND NOW IS AT A NEW LOW AND THE PEOPLE OF MAYO ARE NO FOOLS. IF EVER A TIME CAME TO KEEP THIS MENTALITY OUT OF DAIL EIREANN, IT IS NOW AND I HOPE THE PEOPLE OF MAYO STAND UP AND LET MULHERIN ONE KNOW IT IS TIME TO GET OUT OF POLITICS. WE NEED MORALS, WE NEED ETHICS, WE NEED A PROPER LEADERSHIP. WHAT DO WE HAVE – A SHOWER OF ME FEINERS WHO WANT TO FILL THEIR OWN POCKETS AND TO PISS ON THE IRISH PEOPLE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. FRED