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My dad would not hurt a fly, claims Lowry Jr

THE son of disgraced TD Michael Lowry has hit out at claims his father tried to slap a female reporter, saying: "My dad wouldn't hurt a fly".

Micheal Lowry, a Tipperary councillor, was responding to a weekend article which alleged that his father, a former government minister, raised his hand to a well-known journalist.

Pictures, first published in the Sunday World, show the shamed TD raise his hand in what appeared to be an attempt to slap who he believed was the reporter trying to quiz him.

The reporter wrote that she followed the Tipperary North deputy into a "private residence" having spent the previous 24 hours pursuing him on the issue of an alleged controversial land deal.

Mr Lowry, who was castigated by the Moriarty Tribunal findings, is alleged to have entered the property through a sliding patio door after spotting the journalist.

Nonsense

Speaking to the Herald today, Mr Lowry's son Micheal dubbed the article as "nonsense", adding that "it hasn't even been mentioned down our parts".

"How could my father slap someone through a pane of glass anyway, that's what I want to know? We're used to being hounded by the press but this is simply nonsense.

"My dad wouldn't touch a fly. It's often said that it's a tall order to even get him to raise his voice given his soft nature.

"Of all the times I was out of step as a youngster, he never raised a hand to me and he would certainly would never do so to a female."

Aggressive

Cllr Lowry rejected claims that the pictures show him raising his hand in an aggressive manner, adding "We simply don't believe it".

The Mayor of North Tipperary told the Herald that people in Dublin are "obsessed" with Michael Lowry but that his "only priority" is to serve his constituents.

"All the issues that do be in the papers aren't talked about down here.

"Over 14,000 people voted for Michael Lowry - he has to be doing something right," he said.

Mr Lowry has been in the spotlight in recent days after it emerged he held meetings with a number of senior Government ministers following the damning Moriarty Report.

Mr Justice Michael Moriarty said it was "beyond doubt" Mr Lowry imparted information that was of "significant assistance" in securing the country's second mobile phone licence to Esat Digifone.

A spokesperson for Mr Lowry said he had "no comment" to make on the matter.


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