Is it just me or does this entire post have more holes than Swiss cheese? What is the point of this? Lowry has been returned several times by the electorate since he was a Minister. The poster states that Lowry has a salary of E106,000 paid for by the taxpayer. Isn't this applicable to all TDs?
As for "the tribunal still investigating", wouldn't you want to wait to see the tribunal findings before bringing any potential specific charges whatever they MIGHT be? Basic -LAW 101!
We have waited - a long time for due process, already he has been found to be a tax evader.
There is no point in the tribunals when even guilty partys walk away, he should be disbarred from being elected - but the political caste we have here set things up in a way to allow themselves absolution.
Why is it taking so long to reveal what is already known about the Esat deal, already other bidders on the ciontract are sueing the state, because of lowrys actions.
Despite being a cheat and a liar, he still gets returned - why do people still support him?
I like to again congratulate the voters of Tipperary North for voting for Michael Lowry in such numbers.
On Monday 20/09/2010 he again excelled himself yet again by saving the skin of one the lamest leaders in the history of the state at a time when the country is crying out for leadership.. thanks Michael you've done the country some service again.. and thank you people of Tipp North for your electoral wisdom.
to paraphrase the great Jon Bon Jovi.. You Give Democracy a Bad Name.
Michael Lowry was first elected to the Dail in 1987.
His contact with Ben Dunne through Thurles based Butler Refrigeration ensured financial donations for Fine Gael and played a critical role in his rapid rise in the parliamentary party, so much so that he was from 1994 to 1996 Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications, with which there are issues still under investigation.
Soon after his election Lowry left Butlers, and in addition to his work as a TD he also started up a consultancy work for Dunne's.
He then set up a company, Garuda Ltd, that traded under a different name - Streamline Enterprises - and started to conduct work for Dunnes, after Ben Dunne had told the TD he was no longer going to use Butler Refrigeration.
The auditors to Streamline would be Dunnes own inhouse team of Oliver Freaney and Co. Dunnes chief accountant, Michael Irwin - on secondment from Oliver Freaney would have full access to Streamlines accounts.
An arrangement was reached whereby Streamline would work for Dunnes and be paid in a way that a modest profit would be returned annually.
The second part of the arrangement - and the most lucrative - was that Dunne would give Lowry a personal bonus.
This payment was essentially based on how pleased Dunne was with the services Lowry provided.
Lowry told the McCracken tribunal that Dunne had told him "I will certainly make it worth your while and your company will be successful and you will be a wealthy man"
In addition to his TD salary, provided by the tax payer, he received a number of large payments from Dunne amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
These payments were given to him in such a way that allowed tax evasion, much of the money was lodged in offshore accounts.
The McCracken tribunal ruled that by accepting payments in the way that he did, Lowry made himself vulnerable to all kinds of pressures from Dunnes Stores had they chosen to apply them, as well as convicting him of tax evasion.
At the McCracken Tribunal it was also revealed that Dunne had paid £395,000 for an extension to Lowry's home.
TMK any monies that Dunne gave to Lowry was used by him personally, not aware he passed any funds to FG.
There is talk of FG's finances vastly improving before '97 GE but I do not think it had anything to do with Dunne.
This is just one of the problems in Irish Politics......
One way to knock the nonsense of the likes of utter crooks like Lowry/P.Flynn(and Class act)/Burke/Haughey/Ahern/ etc.. etc... etc.... is to change Irish Politics in that when you get elected to the Dail you ONLY deal in national politics not local Politics,lets face it folks until this is done we will continue to have these people who really should be in jail lording it over us as glorified town councilors!!
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