Future candidates for Fine Gael will have to disclose previous convictions or court cases they are involved in, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. 

Mr Varadkar said that they can no longer be treated as private matters anymore, as they do have an impact on the party.

The Taoiseach was speaking to Brendan O'Connor on RTÉ Radio One's Marian Finucane show today.

He was answering questions about the recent case of Dún Laoghaire TD Maria Bailey.

Ms Bailey withdrew a civil case against a Dublin hotel over a fall from a swing at the venue.

Mr Varadkar said the impact of Ms Bailey's recent case on the Local and European elections was "impossible to quantify" but that it "definitely wasn't a plus".

He also said it "took attention away from the kind of messages we were trying to get across".

An internal review within Fine Gael is being carried out to establish the facts around Ms Bailey's civil case.

Mr Varadkar said there was a "scale of possible options" in terms of sanctioning Ms Bailey, but he also said that "that will depend on the report".