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Sam Smyth: The two-bit politician who committed daylight robbery

Sam Smyth

Published 23/03/2011 | 05:00

Michael Lowry outside his Tipperary home, on which Dunnes Stores lavished almost IR£500,000 for renovations
Michael Lowry outside his Tipperary home, on which Dunnes Stores lavished almost IR£500,000 for renovations

THERE is something of the night about Michael Lowry, a two-bit politician who committed daylight robbery with a quiet word and the stroke of a pen.

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Yet he has achieved something way beyond his two years as a minister and 23 years as a TD -- a peerless reputation for reckless dishonesty.

In his report, Mr Justice Moriarty compared his level of dishonesty and corruption to the late Charles Haughey -- but as an elected politician, Lowry's disgrace is unique.

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