Monday 19 March 2018

Parties avoid calling on Independent TD Lowry

Michael Lowry. Photo: Maxwell Photography Limited/Courtpix
Michael Lowry. Photo: Maxwell Photography Limited/Courtpix
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have shunned Independent TD Michael Lowry, despite being desperate for votes ahead of the formation of the next government.

Sources in both parties have told the Irish Independent that while they would like his support, they cannot be seen to actively chase it.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin ruled out having the Tipperary TD as part of a coalition during the General Election campaign.

Sources said Mr Lowry was keeping his options open in relation to whom he might vote for as Taoiseach on Thursday.

In 2011, he backed Mr Kenny but weeks later the Fine Gael leader called for him to resign as a TD in the wake of the publication of the Moriarty Report.

It found that while Communications Minister in the mid-1990s, Mr Lowry conferred benefit on businessman Denis O'Brien, who had made or facilitated payments to Mr Lowry.

There was no finding that Mr O'Brien had benefited from those payments and Mr Lowry rejected the findings.

A Fianna Fáil source said: "It would be too dangerous to go to Lowry."

A Fine Gael source agreed, saying: "He hasn't received a phone call and there isn't any move on that."

Irish Independent

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