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Monday 21 April 2014

Lowry slams raid by tax collectors

Michael Lowry has described a raid on his home as an 'outrageous invasion of privacy'

Former Government minister Michael Lowry has accused tax collectors of being heavy-handed and intimidating during a raid on his home.

The Independent TD, and one-time senior Fine Gael figure, said 15 officials were involved in an intimate trawl through his imposing country house in Holycross, Co Tipperary, on Tuesday.

"I was appalled by it," he said. "It was an outrageous invasion of my privacy and my family home. It was a massive intrusion into my family home and private area."

Mr Lowry said he was given no advance warning of the search by Revenue investigators and was baffled as to why it was carried out.

Despite a "methodical" operation lasting up to four hours and combing through drawers, cabinets, presses and bedroom wardrobes, Mr Lowry insisted officials took away nothing of any significance.

"It was a fruitless exercise," he told local radio station Tipp FM.

"What I can say clearly is that there was nothing of any significance taken from the house, or indeed from my office.

"What concerns me, is that there was no necessity for this."

The politician and businessman said officials left an inventory of political statements, bank statements and handwritten notes taken in the raid.

Revenue has refused to comment on the operation.

Press Association

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