Wednesday 21 March 2018

Team Lowry take their seats in TD's heartland

DYNASTY: Michael Lowry Snr. Photo: Fergal Shanahan
DYNASTY: Michael Lowry Snr. Photo: Fergal Shanahan

Conor Kane

MICHAEL Lowry's team of Independents has been returned to Tipperary Co Council. But the performance of his son, Michael Lowry Jnr, has raised questions over his ability to replace his father in a general election.

The Lowry team returned four councillors in the northern end of the county, the Independent TD's stronghold.

Willie Kennedy and Michael Lowry Jnr were elected in Thurles-Templemore and Michael O'Meara and John 'Rocky' McGrath in the Nenagh area. But Lowry Jnr slipped behind Kennedy.

The Lowrys will face a strong challenge from another rival dynasty in the next general election. Fianna Fail's Michael Smith Jnr, the son of former minister Michael Smith, romped home with 2,500 votes as the party took four seats in the Thurles-Templemore area. Smith Jnr will be the FF candidate in the next general election.

Sinn Fein looks set to elect four members to the new merged Tipperary Co Council. SF's David Dunne is on 18 per cent in Carrick-on-Suir. Martin Browne in Cashel-Tipperary is on 12 per cent, while Seamus Morris is on 10 per cent in Nenagh, as is David Doran in Thurles-Templemore. In Clonmel-Cahir, SF candidate Catherine Carey is on 5 per cent.

The Labour Party is on a combined 8 per cent in the five electoral areas, while FF on 25 per cent is just ahead of Fine Gael on 23 per cent.

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