Taoiseach's Jesuitical stance on Lowry rankles
Published 25/01/2016 | 02:30
He may top the poll time and again in Tipperary North, but the prospect of Independent TD Michael Lowry propping up Fine Gael in government causes a distinct unease for many voters.
The former Fine Gael Communications Minister is currently facing four criminal charges for alleged tax offences: if convicted and sentenced for a period of six months or more, he will not be able to serve as a TD.
Mr Lowry has brought a High Court legal action aimed at halting his trial. Alternatively, he wants it transferred back to his native Tipperary, where he secured 14,000 first preference votes - around a third of the local electoral pool from which a jury could be drawn - in the 2011 General Election.