Fionnan Sheahan: Lowry was key figure in Fine Gael's rejuvenation
Published 24/03/2011 | 05:00
SEVERAL meetings of the Fine Gael frontbench around 1993 to 1994 were dominated by the state of the party's finances -- not the nuances of policy positions.
On one occasion, recalled by a then frontbench spokesman, party leader John Bruton actually discussed how he was going to pay Fine Gael staff that month.
The party was languishing in opposition since the end of the Garret FitzGerald era and its finances had been drained by the general elections of 1987, 1989 and 1992, along with the 1991 Presidential Election.