NORTH Tipperary Junior Minister for Public Transport Alan Kelly has called on fellow constituency Deputy Michael Lowry to “once and for all” give a full account of his version of events regarding the Sunday Independent / Kevin Phelan tapes.
Deputy Kelly believes it is in the best interests of local politics, national politics and indeed the reputation of Tipperary that he answers the obvious questions that are being asked by numerous reputable journalists.
“It is time for Deputy Michael Lowry to answer the questions surrounding this controversy directly. We are all sick and tired of having personal financial matters hanging over politics in County Tipperary and this country. It will not just disappear and go away as Deputy Lowry would like, nor should it.
“Too many obvious questions remain. These have been documented in great detail by respected journalists such as Conor Ryan, Elaine Byrne and Colm Keena. Very reasonable and legitimate questions have been put to Deputy Lowry and have gone unanswered to date. eputy Lowry needs to explain in detail how what he said on the tape can be reconciled with what he told the tribunal. Why can’t this matter be cleared up?
“It is quite amazing that Deputy Lowry seems to think he can swan around and ignore these questions forever. It makes a mockery of what being a public representative is all about. He is never shy about trying to claim credit for local projects but is silent as the grave when it comes to his own business dealings. That type of politics should be long-gone.
“He needs to now answer the questions these journalists and their papers are putting to him. Passing this off as the media attacking him again won’t wash as concerns about the matter are not confined to the media. Besides the media have every right in this instance to ask these questions.
“It has been a constant battle to maintain the reputation of County Tipperary since the findings of the Moriarty Tribunal were published. In recent weeks this has even got harder. The failure of Deputy Lowry to answer legitimate questions is damaging for the wider body politic in Tipperary. It is certainly not helping the business and political reputation of Tipperary.
“It is surprising that after 14 years of tribunals we still see more information coming into the public domain about Michael Lowry’s financial affairs. It just can’t continue on like this.
“We are all aware that the reputation of politicians and politics is not in a good place at the moment. Deputy Lowry shying away from these questions is only making a very bad situation worse. I can assure him that it’s not helping the people of Tipperary either. It won’t go away Michael, so for everyone’s sake, deal with it now,” said Deputy Kelly.