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Ex TD Maria Bailey reveals she was holding a beer and wine when ‘swing-gate’ happened

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Former Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey, who was at the centre of the ‘swing-gate’ controversy, has revealed she had a bottle of beer in one hand and a wine cooler holding a bottle of wine in the other when the accident that ultimately cost her political career occurred.

Ms Bailey has also revealed that she underwent nine different surgeries since falling off a swing at a Dublin nightclub almost eight years ago.

Ms Bailey – who was de-selected by her party to contest the 2020 general election after details emerged about a personal injuries case she took against the Dublin hotel where the incident took place – told the Irish Times yesterday: ‘I have had nine surgical procedures, the last one being recently which was major spinal surgery.

‘That was in October and hopefully that will be the last one for a very long time. For the first time in seven years I am 90% pain free.’

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Ms Bailey sued the Dean Hotel after she fell off a swing at the city centre hostelry during a night out with a friend in July 2015.

But the then Dublin TD withdrew her personal injuries claim after it emerged she had run a 10km race just three weeks after the fall.

At the time of withdrawing her claim Ms Bailey insisted that she had a bottle of beer in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other hand when she fell off the swing.

Speaking with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One in May 2019, she recalled: ‘We purchased a drink each at the bar which we didn’t consume. We went up on the lift, we saw the swings. Nobody was drunk. Nobody was messing… they’re like polished wood those seats.

‘I did have a bottle of beer in my hand and next thing I knew I was on the floor.’ When pressed further she added: ‘I had my beer in my hand and then I was reaching for my friend’s.

‘I had a bottle of wine. She was taking her camera out of her jacket. I then found myself on the floor.’

However, according to details of a review ordered by party leader Leo Varadkar into the incident, when she fell off the swing Ms Bailey was holding a wine cooler with a bottle of wine.

The same review – the findings of which were never publicly released – also found that the keen runner had not claimed she could not run for three months, but instead alleged her running ability had been impeded.

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