Dáil to debate motion of censure against Lowry tomorrow

A agreed motion of censure in Tipperary TD Michael Lowry has today been announced by the Government Chief Whip for debate in the Dáil tomorrow morning.

A agreed motion of censure in Tipperary TD Michael Lowry has today been announced by the Government Chief Whip for debate in the Dáil tomorrow morning.

Mr Lowry said that he will defend himself in that debate, but will not allow it to be put to a vote.

"It is my intention to make a contribution to that debate but I will not give my detractors the satisfaction of putting this motion to a vote," he said.

He said today that he benefited with a "big fat zero" from property deals investigated by the Moriarty Tribunal, and never received any money from businessman Denis O'Brien.

The former Minister also says he may yet take a case to the High Court, Supreme Court or even the Court of Human Rights in a bid to clear his name, and that he resented being used as a 'political football'.

He launched another tirade at the tribunal today, saying it was a triumph of innuendo over evidence, and supposition over fact.

Mr Lowry also re-iterated that he has no intention of resigning, saying his conscience is clear.

"I wish to advise that I have no intention of resigning my position as a democratically elected representative of this House," he said.

"I will not walk away from the overwhelming mandate that was given to me by the constituents of North Tipperary/South Offaly.

"I would also emphatically reject the sneering and snide references to 'gombeen politics' and parish pump politics that seem to delight certain sections of the media.

"Contrary to what might be suggested in the media, the constituents of North Tipperary are every bit as intelligent and politically sophisticated as their counterparts anywhere else in the country."

He is adamant that no matter what further investigations take place, he will not be found guilty of anything.

"The evidence and the facts show that the so-called money trail goes nowhere," said Mr Lowry.

"However, in the case of a tribunal, and particularly in the case of this tribunal, opinions do not have to reflect the facts."

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