Thursday 17 August 2017

Independent Lowry says he has 'understanding' with Fine Gael

Understanding: Independent TD Michael Lowry Photo: Tom Burke
Understanding: Independent TD Michael Lowry Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Independent TD Michael Lowry has brushed aside suggestions of embarrassment for Enda Kenny over voting for him as Taoiseach.

The former Fine Gael government minister also refused to say whether he got concessions in return for his support.

"I'm not getting into that. But let's just say I have an understanding with them," Mr Lowry said when asked about his ongoing relationship with Fine Gael and the emerging government. The Tipperary poll-topper - who got over 13,000 first preferences on February 26 - was the source of internal Fine Gael conflict during the election campaign, with some politicians insisting they could not accept support from him.

On February 5, Mr Kenny publicly said he would not have "any dealings with Michael Lowry or any other Independent".

But Mr Lowry declared soon after the election results became known he would be voting for Mr Kenny as Taoiseach. Yesterday he said his decision was a matter for himself and the voters of Tipperary.

"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," he said.

"I've seen the Programme for Government and I'm happy that it will address the issues like rural roads and health services, which are a priority for Tipperary where there are major problems at Clonmel General Hospital," he added.

Irish Independent

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