Tanáiste Simon Coveney has defended Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey, saying she has "paid the price for making a mistake" and she continues to pay that price.

Ms Bailey took a civil case against a Dublin hotel earlier this year for an alleged incident, where she suffered injuries to her head, back and hip.

Ms Bailey later withdrew her case from the courts.

Mr Coveney's comments come after reports of a motion of no confidence within the party tabled against the Dún Laoghaire TD.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O'Rourke, Mr Coveney said that the motion failed and there is a "need for fairness".

He said a detailed internal investigation was carried out and the results of that led to the Taoiseach taking disciplinary action.

"I think that when disciplinary action is being taken and consequences faced up to, there is some point surely for a person to move on," said Mr Coveney.

Mr Coveney said he knows that Ms Bailey would "like to rewind the clock" on some decisions she made and she was now trying to move on with her career and her life.

He said the controversy has taken an extraordinary toll on her and her family. He said that she will continue to represent Fine Gael and, ultimately, the electorate will have its say.