Michael Lowry to appeal court ruling on Moriarty Tribunal costs

Michael Lowry to appeal court ruling on Moriarty Tribunal costs

TD Michael Lowry has decided to appeal a High Court judgement that the Moriarty Tribunal was right to only award him a third of his costs.

Earlier today, Mr Justice John Hedigan agreed with the finding that he did not co-operate fully and misled the inquiry.

This legal challenge took over five days, and heard that the overall bill for Deputy Lowry’s contributions to the Moriarty Tribunal amounted to millions of euro and would have “lifelong consequences” for him.

The tribunal spent 14 years looking into his financial affairs and those of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, and it was decided that he should only get a third of his costs for not co-operating fully.

Deputy Lowry insisted he did and said the tribunal had an obligation to treat people similarly – a reference to the fact the late Mr Haughey was awarded full costs, but Mr Justice John Hedigan disagreed.

He decided it was “fair and reasonable” and that the difference between the two men was that the former Taoiseach had not deliberately misled the inquiry.

In a statement issued this evening, Mr Lowry says he is disappointed with the judgement but that his legal team is confident of overturning it on appeal.

More on this topic

Revenue names Michael Lowry in latest list of tax defaultersRevenue names Michael Lowry in latest list of tax defaulters

Michael Lowry’s sentence for tax offences ‘a chicken feed fine’Michael Lowry’s sentence for tax offences ‘a chicken feed fine’

Michael Clifford: The rise and fall — and continued local popularity — of Michael LowryMichael Clifford: The rise and fall — and continued local popularity — of Michael Lowry

Prosecution case against Michael Lowry 'deeply flawed', jury hearsProsecution case against Michael Lowry 'deeply flawed', jury hears


More in this Section

Cold weather warning issued for majority of the countryCold weather warning issued for majority of the country

Woman, 40s, dies following crash in Co DownWoman, 40s, dies following crash in Co Down

Two arrested in relation to eight burglaries in Limerick and TipperaryTwo arrested in relation to eight burglaries in Limerick and Tipperary

Search operation underway in Cork after reports of car entering riverSearch operation underway in Cork after reports of car entering river


Lifestyle

Flexibility naturally declines with age but there’s a lot you can to stay supple through the decades, says Peta Bee.At full stretch: How to stay flexible through the years

Simon Prim is owner of Simon Prim Book Shop, Main Street, Kinsale, Co Cork, which sells second-hand books.‘Kinsale is a welcoming town, and everyone is encouraging’

The Everyman hosts Ronan FitzGibbon’s play about singsongs along the Blackwater, writes Marjorie BrennanA river runs through it: Everyman to play to host to Blackwater Babble

WHEN I think about the kind of child I was, I would say that I was the exact same kind of person that I am as an adult. I have always been fascinated by things that I don’t quite yet understand. I recognise that I hardly understand anything and that most of the world is and always has been so beautifully complex to me.School Daze: Chris Hadfield - I realised at a young age that teachers were fallible

More From The Irish Examiner