Lowry to challenge his trial over alleged tax offences
The High Court has granted Independent TD Michael Lowry permission to bring a challenge aimed at halting his trial before Dublin Circuit Court on alleged tax offences.
Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said he was satisfied to grant the former communications minister permission to bring his challenge on all grounds advanced.
The judge said Mr Lowry, who was present in court, had made out an arguable case his upcoming trial should be halted. He said the full hearing of the action should be expedited, and adjourned it for two weeks. He placed a stay on the tax trial from proceeding.
Mr Lowry is facing four charges he allegedly filed incorrect tax returns in 2003 and 2007. He denies all charges.
His trial was transferred from Co Tipperary to Dublin on the application of the DPP. The TD claims his prosecution is extraordinary because it concerns a payment he had both declared and paid.
Mr Lowry (60), of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co Tipperary, says he has no outstanding tax liability and is being treated unfairly.