Sunday 24 September 2017

Michael Lowry cleared by watchdog over non-declaration of English land site

Independent TD Michael Lowry
Independent TD Michael Lowry

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

INDEPENDENT TD Michael Lowry has been given the all clear by the political standards watchdog following complaints about his non- declaration of land he owned in England.

Around 388 people complained that he had not included his part-ownership of a 21-acre site in Wigan in the northwest of England in his official Dail declaration.

Under Dail rules, TDs are obliged to declare their ownership of any land worth over €13,000.

But the Standards in Public Office Commission hired professional valuers who found that the land was worth less than €13,000 and therefore did not need to be declared under the rules.

In a letter to Mr Lowry, the Commission said that after getting the valuation report, it had decided that the evidence sufficient to sustain the complaints “is not and will not be available”.

It confirmed that it had decided not to carry out any further investigation into the complaints.

Irish Independent

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