Taoiseach Enda Kenny has strongly denied there is any deal, written or otherwise, with Independent TD Michael Lowry.
Mr Lowry’s support for the minority Government has been the subject of much debate and the matter was the subject of a debate in the Dáil yesterday.
On foot of questions from Labour TD Alan Kelly — who shares the Tipperary constituency with Mr Lowry — and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Mr Kenny denied any deal exists.
Mr Lowry last night clarified his position by saying he never had a deal with the Government, but rather he had an understanding with Fine Gael, and that he is very happy with it.
“I never said there was a deal, but I do have an understanding with the Government. I made representations in relation to the crisis of Clonmel hospital and I was very happy with the response of the minister and the HSE,” Mr Lowry told the Irish Examiner.
“I don’t have a deal, but I have an understanding with the Government and I am happy with that understanding,” he added.
In the Dáil, Mr Kenny was called to clarify his understanding of Mr Lowry’s support for the Government.
“There is no deal, written or otherwise, with Deputy Lowry. In any event, the people of Tipperary will elect whoever they want at the next election,” he said.
When pressed again, Mr Kenny said: “I have already made it perfectly clear that I have no arrangement with Deputy Lowry. He was elected by the people of Tipperary and is quite entitled to contact and make representations to any minister.”
Mr Martin referred Mr Kenny to claims Mr Lowry made in his local newspaper, the Tipperary Star. “I do not know anything about the Tipperary Star story. Deputy Lowry is getting good publicity here. He will be pleased with the publicity he gets here today,” said Mr Kenny.
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