Expert: Lowry 'outside' process
former Communications Minister Michael Lowry was completely outside the evaluation process for the second mobile phone licence and the conclusions of the Moriarty Tribunal that he "delivered the licence" to Esat Digifone have no factual basis, a consultant to the evaluation process said yesterday.
Prof Michael Andersen, a Danish consultant hired by the Government in 1995 to help a team of civil servants run the competition for the licence, also claimed his evidence was ignored by the tribunal, which he said had not got its facts correct.
The consultant said he was disappointed and very seriously concerned at the Moriarty Tribunal report.
"I was centrally involved in practically every aspect of that licence competition process," Prof Andersen told the Sunday Independent.
He added: "I gave sworn evidence to the Tribunal for two weeks last year during which I made it perfectly clear . . . that the evaluators saw no improper interference in the second mobile phone licence process on the part of Michael Lowry, or on the part of anyone else. Mr Lowry was completely outside of the evaluation process" he said.
"The tribunal's conclusions that Michael Lowry 'delivered the licence' to Esat Digifone have no factual basis (and are) not consistent with all the evidence given by the civil servants and by the consultants involved in the evaluation."