Wednesday 28 September 2016

Taoiseach denies reports of a secret deal with Michael Lowry

Published 05/07/2016 | 17:10

Councillor Micheál Lowry has said he will not be running Photo: Tom Burke
Councillor Micheál Lowry has said he will not be running Photo: Tom Burke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has denied suggestions the Government has entered into secret arrangements with Independent TD Michael Lowry.

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Labour Party TD Alan Kelly, who is a constituency colleague of Mr Lowry, used the ‘Order of Business’, to raise queries about whether any side deals had been struck in return for the support of Independent TDs.

Moments later, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin raised a recent front page article in the ‘Tipperary Star’ which claimed the TD’s son, Micheal Lowry, was being lined up to run for the party in the next General Election in the event of his father retiring.

The report also claimed that Mr Kenny had sought to appoint Cllr Lowry to the Seanad but had been advised against doing so by senior Fine Gael figures.

But in response to questions from Mr Martin, Mr Kenny denied that any deal has been struck in return for Mr Lowry’s support for his nomination as Taoiseach.

“There is no arrangements with deputy Michael Lowry,” the Fine Gael leader said.

“He is quite entitled to make representation to any minister... Deputy Lowry will be pleased with the publicity…”

Earlier this month, Mr Lowry ruled out running for Fine Gael.

"I am very proud to be a member of the Lowry team, which has recorded such achievement and success throughout the constituency,” he said.

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