Michael Lowry loses legal challenge against the Moriarity Tribunal

Independent TD Michael Lowry has lost his legal challenge against the Moriarty tribunal’s decision not to award him full costs for his participation. Public Domain Image The court was previously told the overall bill for the former Minister for Communications is “vast”, and runs into several million euro. The Moriarty tribunal was set up in 1997 to investigate alleged payments to Michael Lowry and former Taoiseach Charles Haughey. It lasted 14 years. In 2013, a decision was made to only award a third of costs to Mr. Lowry because of his lack of co-operation. The Independent TD strongly disputed this, claiming he co-operated to such an extent that it impacted on his life, health, employment and family. He claimed he was discriminated against, and pointed to the awarding of full costs to the late Mr. Haughey as the core issue to be resolved. But Mr. Justice John Hedigan ruled against him today because of his failure to demonstrate any unreasonableness or discrimination in the decision. He said he was advanced every element of procedural fairness and was given the opportunity to respond.