Lowry's son: I have no plans to join Fine Gael
The son of Independent TD Michael Lowry has ruled out joining Fine Gael ahead of the next General Election, writes Niall O'Connor.
Councillor Micheál Lowry said he was completely committed to the "Lowry team" and had had no discussions with Fine Gael figures about joining the party.
Cllr Lowry was responding to a report in the 'Tipperary Star' newspaper, which claimed he was being lined up to run for the party in the next General Election in the event of his father retiring.
The report also claimed that Taoiseach Enda Kenny had sought to appoint Cllr Lowry to the Seanad but had been advised against doing so by senior Fine Gael figures. Neither Fine Gael nor the office of An Taoiseach responded to queries about the report.
Cllr Lowry said: "I am very proud to be a member of the Lowry team, which has recorded such achievement and success throughout the constituency."
However, a well-placed source confirmed that Cllr Lowry was considering running in the next General Election - but only in the event of his father stepping down.