In the line of fire: The Irish art of public shaming

Every once in a while, a public figure puts their foot in it, on a grand scale. Sometimes their reputation survives; sometimes not. Here, we remember some of the figures who have been publicly shamed

23rd June, 2019

In baseball terms, you’d probably call it a swing and a miss. The now notorious decision by Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey to pursue a personal injury claim against the Dean Hotel in Dublin, following her fall from a swing on its premises, at a time when her party was promising to crack down on lawsuits and compensation culture, will be recorded among the more disastrous gaffes in Irish political history.

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