Monday 5 December 2016

Government denies it has 'understanding' with Lowry

Published 09/05/2016 | 02:30

Independent TD Michael Lowry voted for Enda Kenny Photo: Tom Burke
Independent TD Michael Lowry voted for Enda Kenny Photo: Tom Burke

The Government has denied there is an "agreement or understanding" with Independent TD Michael Lowry in return for his support of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

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The Tipperary TD was the first to vote for Mr Kenny in the series of Dáil votes for Taoiseach, although he was not involved in government formation talks. Mr Lowry this weekend said he had an "understanding" with his former party in relation to his support for Mr Kenny.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he refused to say whether he got concessions for his constituency or in other policy areas in return for his support.

"I'm not getting into that. But let's just say I have an understanding with them," he said.

However, last night a government spokesman denied there was any arrangement with Mr Lowry.

"There is no agreement or understanding with Deputy Lowry in relation to his vote for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach," he said.

"All issues discussed and agreed upon during the process of government are contained in the Programme for Government," he added, referring to the agreements reached with the other Independents that backed Mr Kenny.

Mr Lowry declared soon after the election results became known that he would be voting for Mr Kenny as Taoiseach.

He previously said he would support Mr Kenny because he's leading "the biggest party and it's the one that's in a position to lead a minority government".

This weekend he said: "I'm no different from any other deputy walking through the gates of Leinster House. I made my decision to get necessary stable government for the country which is required for business and jobs."

Irish Independent

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