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Michael Lowry to pen book on controversial 30-year career

Cormac McQuinn

Published 03/01/2013 | 05:00

CONTROVERSIAL Independent TD Michael Lowry has revealed that his new year's resolution is to write a book about his career in politics.

Mr Lowry made the announcement in what he described as a "light-hearted" radio interview, but has told the Irish Independent that he is serious about writing the book that he hopes will be out before Christmas.

The book will detail his more than 30 years in politics, including his involvement in the Moriarty Tribunal, which branded Mr Lowry as "profoundly corrupt" in its 2011 report.

Mr Lowry has always rejected the tribunal's findings and said the book will give his side of the story, though it will not focus exclusively on the tribunal.

It will cover his time as a Fine Gael TD and minister prior to his expulsion from the party and also the years where he made deals for his constituency with Fianna Fail leaders Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen in return for supporting their coalition.

Asked if the book would respond to the findings of the Moriarty Tribunal he said: "It wouldn't be specifically about Moriarty but obviously Moriarty would be a part of it. It has taken up 17 years of my life, that whole saga."

The tribunal examined the granting of a state mobile phone licence to businessman Denis O'Brien's Esat Digifone company in the mid-1990s, when Mr Lowry was Fine Gael Minister for Communications.

It investigated allegations that Mr O'Brien had made payments worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to Mr Lowry.

Both men have rejected the tribunal's report.

Irish Independent

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