Sunday 19 November 2017

Lowry insists he won't quit politics

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

DISGRACED former minister Michael Lowry last night insisted he will not be quitting politics as he emphatically denied pocketing secret payments.

The former Fine Gael Transport, Energy and Communications Minister contended he "did absolutely nothing wrong".

"There is no money trail," he told the Irish Independent.

He claimed he was never paid money by Denis O'Brien in return for helping him win the mobile phone licence.

And the Independent poll topper vowed to continue to represent north Tipperary in the Dail.

"I have a democratic mandate from the people of my constituency. I intend to serve out the full term of this Dail," he said.

Mr Lowry claimed Moriarty Tribunal lawyers "stuffed their bank accounts" but "tortured me in the process".

In Tipperary yesterday, many constituents who spoke to this newspaper pledged to "stand by" him.

Mr Lowry said people had the impression he had a "pot of gold . . . Go where you like, look where you like because there is nothing there," he insisted.

He referred to the complex money trail outlined in a report on his local radio station, Tipp FM, yesterday morning.

On the IR£147,000 Carysfort "loan", Mansfield and Cheadle property deals worth a combined Stg£720,000, he said: "I received absolutely zilch from them".

He denied discussing the lucrative second state mobile phone licence with Denis O'Brien when they had a drink in Hartigans pub in Dublin after a GAA match.

He rejected claims that he misled former Taoiseach John Bruton on the issue.

Irish Independent

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