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.