Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has been deselected as a candidate for the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency in the next General Election.

Ms Bailey issued a statement tonight on her twitter account saying she had been "deleted as a candidate for the next general election" by the Taoiseach.

Fine Gael has issued its own statement confirming the move.

The party added that Councillor Jennifer Carroll MacNeill will be added to the ticket in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency.

The decision was made at a meeting of the party's National Executive Council in Dublin this evening.

That meeting followed a demand for an urgent review of the candidates by a significant majority of Fine Gael members in the constituency last month.

Ms Bailey has been in political difficulty ever since it emerged that she had taken a personal injuries claim against a Dublin hotel after falling off a swing.

Cllr Carroll MacNeill joins the other two Fine Gael candidates selected to run in the four-seat constituency - Minister of State Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Councillor Barry Ward.

In a statement on her Twitter account, Ms Bailey said she was "disappointed" with the decision.

She said she "had hoped to be able to move on" after being sanctioned by the party over the matter earlier this year.

However she said there have been "anonymous sources trying to reignite the story around me".

Ms Bailey added that she will continue to fulfil her role as a public representative.