FORMER minister Michael Lowry will be served with the book of evidence next month in relation to charges he knowingly filed false tax returns.
The Independent TD for Tipperary North did not appear in person before Thurles District Court, where Judge Elizabeth MacGrath was told that the book of evidence is not ready.
"The matters before (the) court in Thurles relate to technical breaches which Revenue allege arose 11 years ago," Mr Lowry has said. "I intend to vigorously contest the Revenue allegations."
Mr Lowry (60), of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co Tipperary faces four counts of "knowingly or wilfully" filing incorrect tax returns.
Judge MacGrath was told that the case can be adjourned to March 4.
Mr Lowry was a minister in John Bruton's government.
He was first elected to the Dail for Fine Gael in 1987. He was appointed to Mr Bruton's Cabinet following the collapse of Albert Reynolds' Fianna Fail-Labour Coalition in late 1994.
He resigned his position in November 1996 and has been an Independent TD for 17 years.