Taoiseach's Jesuitical stance on Lowry rankles
He may top the poll time and again in Tipperary North, but the prospect of Independent TD Michael Lowry propping up Fine Gael in government causes a distinct unease for many voters.
The former Fine Gael Communications Minister is currently facing four criminal charges for alleged tax offences: if convicted and sentenced for a period of six months or more, he will not be able to serve as a TD.
Mr Lowry has brought a High Court legal action aimed at halting his trial. Alternatively, he wants it transferred back to his native Tipperary, where he secured 14,000 first preference votes - around a third of the local electoral pool from which a jury could be drawn - in the 2011 General Election.