Lowry Defends Templemore School's Action

INDEPENDENT Dáil Deputy, Michael Lowry appears to have landed himself in hot water over a letter to parents from a school in North Tipperary. Parents of children attending Our Lady's Secondary School in Templemore, recently received a letter from Deputy Lowry informing of an emergency grant from the Department of Education and Minister Mary Coughlan of E43,000 for the refurbishment and modernization of toilet facilities at the school.

INDEPENDENT Dáil Deputy, Michael Lowry appears to have landed himself in hot water over a letter to parents from a school in North Tipperary. Parents of children attending Our Lady's Secondary School in Templemore, recently received a letter from Deputy Lowry informing of an emergency grant from the Department of Education and Minister Mary Coughlan of E43,000 for the refurbishment and modernization of toilet facilities at the school.

The headed letter from Deputy Lowry's office on Abbey Road in Thurles, dated December 7th, also advised parents that Deputy Lowry had requested the Minister and her department officials to advance an application made for major capital works at the school.

However, the letter did not arrive in an Oireachtas envelope and instead was posted in an envelope clearly marked with the stamp of Our Lady's Secondary School, Templemore. The envelopes had been stamped with the school's franking machine for postage to parents of children in the school.

The letter is believed to have raised the ire of a number of parents and local politicians, with questions raised why the school appeared to be paying for the distribution of material from Deputy Lowry's office.

School Principal, Ms. Patricia Higgins said the sending of the letter was "not politically motivated in any way" and also confirmed that she had received no complaints from parents on the matter.

Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.