Maria Bailey T.D. was elected to the 32nd Dáil in February 2016. She is the 100th woman to have been elected to the Dáil. Maria is also involved in a number of Committees within the Oireachtas, including: Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government (Chair); Members’ Interests of Dáil Éireann; Social Protection; and the SO 112 Select Committee of Dáil Éireann.
As a former councillor Maria represented the Killiney/Ballybrack ward from 2004 to 2016. She was only 27 years when she was elected as a councillor on her first attempt. Her father, Cllr John Bailey was elected to the Council for the first time also in 2004. Her family home is in Killiney and she went to school in Our Lady of Good Counsel N.S. Johnstown and then attended Sion Hill and St. Joseph’s of Cluny.
She is a young mother of two who combines an active lifestyle around her family, work and home. Like many of her age group she bought her first home at the height of the property bubble and is fully aware of the pressures and logistics of rearing a young family, coping with a large mortgage, childcare and being self-employed.
She has always been interested in Planning, Economic Development, Housing and Health matters. On a personal level Maria is someone who manages migraine since she was 16, she has been active in creating an awareness of dealing with the condition. In 2015, she hosted a local information evening about the condition and the many ways in which to manage it. Over 400 people attended this event, Maria along with over half a million people in Ireland live with migraine.
Maria believes that a healthy lifestyle is the key to managing her condition, for this reason she is an avid runner and keeps a steady routine with her meals and sleep.
Maria Bailey hopes to bring a realistic, grounded, energetic and refreshing approach to National Politics. She is fully aware of how the last few years have been very difficult for so many people. Maria hopes to serve the Dún Laoghaire constituency at a national level using her in-depth knowledge of the locality and its needs that she has gained from her 12 years as a councillor.
News & Statements
Billboards won’t build houses; evidence based realistic policy will - Bailey
A Fine Gael TD has criticised Sinn Féin for focusing on stunts instead of solutions when it comes to the very important issue of housing.
Increase in housing supply is key to solving our housing crisis - Bailey
The latest increase in housing supply is key to solving our housing crisis, according to Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey, who says that the figures are going in the right direction according to today’s (Tuesday) CSO figures.
Does Sinn Féin understand the complexity of housing? - Bailey
The housing shortfall cannot be resolved by throwing money at the issue, as some of the Opposition parties would try to have the public believe, Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has said.