Sunday 26 February 2017

Lowry's tribunal request is rejected

Sam Smyth

A JUDGE has refused a request by former minister Michael Lowry to give fresh evidence to the Moriarty Tribunal.

Mr Justice Michael Moriarty turned down the request because Mr Lowry's counsel did not cross-examine other witnesses when he last gave evidence.

The tribunal, therefore, concluded Mr Lowry has nothing new to offer.

This follows reports that the tribunal chairman gave witnesses three weeks to make submissions to respond to evidence heard last month from other witnesses from the Office of the Attorney General (AG).

The tribunal is understood to be close to finalising its report on the awarding of the state licence to Denis O'Brien's Esat Digifone company in 1996.

Mr Justice Moriarty admitted at the conclusion of public hearings last month that the tribunal had failed to inform interested parties about a meeting between his lawyers and officials from the AG's office in 2002.

As a result of the evidence of the officials, Mr O'Brien and the Department of Communications and former minister Lowry want the chairman to give assurance he will drop relevant negative findings from his final report.

Irish Independent

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