Ian Bailey is a one man band. Team player NO: One has to ask now what is the reason why Bailey seems to need to be centre of all media in Ireland. Yes, he is entitled to claim his innocence after 25 years of accusations but now he has taken a completely different path and he has left “Murder at the Cottage” way behind and probably the French version on Netflix also. Why? Because Bailey now claims he knows the Killer so the obvious question is why doesn’t Bailey go to the nearest Garda station and Clear his Name. Why is easily answered? It is because the English man loves courting the media and that is why on Monday night, on a one to one, Colette Fitzpatrick…he will put it all out there, or will he? Jim Sheridan, one of Ireland’s golden gems of the film industry must be left scratching his head on what is actually going on with Mr Bailey. This is not chit chat … this is a Murder Investigation of a French Woman all those years ago and yet it keeps going back to the Bailey journey or as many say “The Bailey Ego” that cannot be controlled. The Nation waits for the Big Interview… Bailey and Virgin Media 9 pm Monday night. In the meantime, I am sure in West Cork, the Gardai are waiting for a statement on who may be the real murderer of the Late Sophie Toscan du Plantier and I know for a fact, in Paris, the French are watching this closely. IAN Bailey: The Big Interview’ airs on Monday September 13 at 9pm on Virgin Media One.

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Virgin Media bosses may have shelled out close to €1,000 to shuttle Ian Bailey to studio

  • 8:00, 11 Sep 2021

VIRGIN Media bosses may have shelled out close to €1,000 to shuttle chief Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder suspect Ian Bailey to their Ballymount HQ for a controversial interview to be aired next Monday night.

Bailey has always denied any involvement in her death and maintained his innocence.

Ian Bailey was chauffeur driven to the Dublin studio
Ian Bailey was chauffeur driven to the Dublin studioCredit: AFP or licensors
Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Sophie Toscan du PlantierCredit: PA:Press Association

The Irish Sun can reveal that while the journalist, 64, got no fee for his Big Interview with host Colette Fitzpatrick, TV bosses paid for him to be chauffeur driven from his home in Schull, West Cork, to Dublin.

He was returned to his home 48 hours later in a round trip of 708km.

POET TO BE GRILLED

The British poet is set to be grilled after Sophie’s son gave a powerful Late Late Show interview in connection with his mother’s death.

Bailey told The Irish Sun: “I didn’t receive any fee from Virgin Media for the interview but my travel expenses were paid pro bono.”

Virgin Media have declined to give a cost for Bailey’s round trip. However, one taxi source said a trip from Schull to Dublin would cost €525.80 — with the fare including a return coming to nearly €1,000.

‘BIG FARE’

The source said: “Individuals can bargain with a driver on the cost of such a big fare.

“But for something like a TV interview, and ­cameras waiting in Dublin, I’d say getting him up there in time was paramount.”

Virgin Media did not respond to a request for comment on Ian Bailey’s travel expenses.

While refusing to comment on the contents of the chat which was filmed this week, Bailey said it was triggered by Sophie’s son Pierre Louis Baudey’s appearance on The Late Late Show.

Bailey told us: “I was invited up by Virgin Media to do an interview and I facilitated that.”

  • IAN Bailey: The Big Interview’ airs on Monday September 13 at 9pm on Virgin Media One.

Ian Bailey claims he knows who killed Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Ian Bailey claims he knows who killed Sophie Toscan du Plantier

“If my own theory is correct, and I can’t say too much about it – the murderer is dead.”

Ian Bailey has claimed that he knows who killed Sophie Toscan du Plantier, adding that he believed the murderer is already “dead”.

Last week Sophie’s son, Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud, called for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to put Bailey on trial in Ireland while speaking on Friday night’s edition of The Late Late Show.

Following the interview, Bailey told Newstalk on Wednesday that while he is “very, very sorry for the pain and suffering that Pierre-Louis and the family have gone through” he believes holding him responsible is “just ridiculous at this stage.”

“I just think it’s really sad for everybody… and it’s all based on a dirty, rotten stinking lie from day one that I’m somehow connected to this crime. It’s 25 years on and it’s exacting its toll on a lot of people,” he said.

Bailey added that he has his own “theory” as to who killed Toscan du Plantier, saying that they passed away “quite a long time ago”.

“Is the killer still alive? I keep seeing this reference, the fact that the killer I think – if my own theory is correct, and I can’t say too much about it – the murderer is dead and has quite a long time ago passed away,” Bailey said.

“I don’t absolutely 100% know… my belief is that the murderer is probably dead – but that’s a belief, I can’t prove that”.

Clip via The Late Late Show

Baudey-Vignaud said on Friday: “It’s been 25 years. The truth has not arrived yet. We must end this story, for me, for my mother, for Irish people.”

“Irish people, you have a murderer still living in Ireland,” he added, calling on the extradition of Bailey for a trial in France.

Bailey has maintained his innocence in regard to the murder of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan Du Plantier after first hitting headlines as a suspect in the case.

The brutal murder, which took place in the town of Schull in west Cork in 1996, triggered one of the biggest murder investigations Ireland had ever seen and became a national obsession.

Over the past quarter of a century, facts and information about the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier are still being released to the public, with most people in Ireland able to give a broad strokes retelling of the murder.

In 2019, a French Court found Bailey guilty of voluntary homicide, sentencing him to 25 years in prison.

Ireland didn’t extradite Bailey due to a Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that the Irish extraterritorial provision was not the equivalent of the French legislation and therefore they were not reciprocal.

Bailey was not present for the French trial after winning the legal battle against his extradition.

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