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Gene Kerrigan: He just had to ask for the tape, but he never did

The Tipperary North TD delivered some classic lines and a wee slap at a young colleague but no answers.

Published 17/03/2013 | 05:00

MICHAEL Lowry's problems are not confined to the revelation in this newspaper that he made a secret payment of stg£250,000, and that the payment contradicted what he told the Moriarty tribunal. There's a new young junior minister in the constituency of Tipperary North. Labour's Alan Kelly not only has the prestige of the post, he has the ear of those above in Dublin. And if there's anything constituents like – and Mr Lowry knows this well – it's the energetic young local lad with access to the ear of those above in Dublin.

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In his time, Mr Lowry was that lad. Now, about to turn 60, he found himself batting away Kelly's demands that Lowry should answer questions about his money trails. Last Monday, Mr Lowry decided to go on Tipp FM, to answer questions in his own manner, and to take a wee slap at Kelly. This wasn't aimed at a national audience. It was to shore up support among the faithful.

"Was that tape genuine?" asked Tipp FM presenter Seamus Martin.

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