Cllr. Marie Murphy, Fine Gael Candidate for Tipperary
“Michael Lowry and his campaign team are misleading the people of Tipperary - no Government can agree a “Lowry Deal”- Cllr. Marie Murphy, Fine Gael Candidate for Tipperary "In the run-in to this General Election, we find Fianna Fáil attempting to re-write history with its claims that this party had no responsibility for our country's economic collapse. Similarly, Michael Lowry has been portraying himself as a “solid Independent” that Governments can do business with. The only problem with this statement is that no Government can enter into an agreement with this Deputy without sowing the seeds of instability. While Michael Lowry has been elected to Dáil Éireann by the people of Tipperary North for almost three decades and is widely-regarded as a hard-working constituency politician, his campaign team are misleading the people of Tipperary if they give the impression that Michael Lowry will be in a position of influence over our next Government, irrespective of its composition. Regardless of the popularity he may enjoy in the county, no Government can enter into an agreement with someone who was the subject of a censure motion passed unanimously by the current Dáil stating that the conduct of Michael Lowry as set out in the Moriarty Tribunal Report was “completely unacceptable” and that he should resign voluntarily his membership of Dáil Éireann. Besides, the original “Lowry deal” made in 2007 with the last Fianna Fáil Government did not save the jobs of thousands of people in North Tipperary when the economic crash occurred in late 2008. Only a strong Government can implement the economic and employment policies that will protect our recovery, bring many of our young people home from abroad and get more of our unemployed back to work. A Government dependent on the support of Independents would struggle to achieve these goals. The people of Tipperary need to remember these facts when they consider any pre-election speculation about another “Lowry Deal”.