"I have had no discussions with any political party about the outcome of the election" - Lowry

The Taoiseach has refused to rule out a deal with Mr Lowry

Michael Lowry, government, Brendan Howlin, Labour, Independents, coalition, GE 16

Independent TD Michael Lowry pictured in Leinster House in 2013 | Image: RollingNews.ie

Michael Lowry has stated that he has not had any discussions about the upcoming election with any party.

Fine Gael is under pressure after suggestions the former minister and Tipperary TD could be approached to prop them up after the election.

However, Mr Lowry told Jonathan Healy on Newstalk Lunchtime that he has not had any discussions about possible coalitions.

"We've had no election".

"My position is very clear, Jonathan. I've had no discussions, no chats, no nothing with any political party about the outcome of the election".

"If I do get re-elected, then I'll evaluate and assess the situation and make a decision on who I would support".

"I've refused to have any discussions with anybody".

He went on to discuss comments from Minister Alan Kelly who stated that his party would not work with Mr Lowry: "His comments smack of his customary arrogance and he has a swagger of self-importance. Effectively what he is trying to do is to circumvent the will of the people of Tipperary".

You can listen to his interview here.

Meanwhile, a Labour Party Minister says they will not depend on Michael Lowry to prop up a government.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny refused to rule out a deal with Mr Lowry if Fine Gael needs to make up the numbers. However Minister Brendan Howlin says they will not depend on the likes of Lowry.

While the Health Minister Leo Varadkar says he would hate to see a government dependent on a deputy who has issues with the law.

He was responding to questions about a possible post election deal with Independent Michael Lowry.

He said he is uncomfortable with the talk about deals before people have voted.

However Minister Varadkar says he would not like to see a return to 'parish pump' politics.

And the Fianna Fáil leader says he would not do any deal for support from Mr Lowry after the election.

That is despite the party accepting his support in the coalition of 2007.

Micheál Martin says there is a difference between the last time his party accepted Mr Lowry's support and now, given the Moriarty Tribunal report.

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