North Tipperary Deputy Michael Lowry has declined to comment on allegations in a Sunday newspaper and on a daily paper, that a company of which he is a Director and which owns property in Gortnahoe was not revealed in the Oireachtas register of TD’s statement of registrable interests.
The relentless pursuit of the Holycross TD continued last weekend when on Friday a Sunday World journalist, with a photographer, presented outside Streamline Enterprise in Abbey Road, Thurles where Deputy Lowry’s constituency office is situated.
And, they later moved to camp outside his home in Holycross having e-mailed a list of twelve questions to Deputy Lowry’s office in relation to the Gortnahoe land transaction and loans secured from Irish Nationwide to purchase the property.
Deputy Lowry was eventually followed into a private apartment complex in Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Saturday where the Deputy was engaging in constituency work with a member of the public.
He was pictured pulling across a curtain in the apartment and trying to evade the camera and was clearly distressed at having been chased by the newspaper.
Deputy Lowry has been underfire in the media for having arranged meetings with various Government Ministers to discuss constituency matters, following the publication of the Moriarty Tribunal Report.
All of the pressure on Deputy Lowry though, does not appear to have damaged his popularity in North Tipperary where supporters have remained hugely loyal to the Independent TD.
When contacted by The Tipperary Star this week, Deputy Lowry said that he would not be commenting on the land issue in Gortnahoe or the Sunday World story as they are currently with his solicitors.
It is alleged that a company, Abbeygreen Consulting, of which Deputy Lowry owns a 95% shareholding, purchased the 11 acre property in Gortnahoe through another company Horsebarrack Property Ltd.
The ownership of the land moved from Horsebarrack to Abbeygreen in May 2011 according to Land Registry files.