Monday 26 September 2016

Son of Michael Lowry dismisses reports of plans to join Fine Gael ahead of next election

Published 01/06/2016 | 14:03

Michael Lowry TD and (inset) his son Independent Councillor Michéal Lowry
Michael Lowry TD and (inset) his son Independent Councillor Michéal Lowry

THE son of Independent TD Michael Lowry has said he has had no conversations with Fine Gael about joining the party.

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Councillor Michéal Lowry was responding to a report in the Tipperary Star newspaper this morning which said he is being lined up to run for the party in the next General Election in the event of his father retiring.

The report also stated that Taoiseach Enda Kenny had sought to appoint councillor Lowry to the Séanad - but was advised against doing so by senior Fine Gael figures.

Neither Fine Gael or the Office of An Taoiseach have responded to the report, which has caused disquiet within party circles in the constituency.

But in a statement released just after lunchtime, councillor Lowry said he has had “absolutely no discussions or conversations with Fine Gael either nationally or locally”.

Councillor Lowry added:

“I am very proud to be a member of the Lowry Team which has recorded such achievement and success throughout the constituency. I will continue to work as a member of the Lowry Team in the best interest of people who have repeatedly placed their confidence in us”.

Michael Lowry did not respond to a request for comment.

The Tipperary TD was one of a number of Independents who voted for Mr Kenny for Taoiseach.

He stated recently that he has “an understanding” with Fine Gael after supporting Mr Kenny’s nomination.

But Fine Gael has denied that any secret deal was struck with Mr Lowry. 

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