Michael Lowry says Moriarty findings will not affect his chances at the polls

Mr Lowry has decided to appeal the High Court judgement

Michael Lowry, Tipperary, GE16, polling day, Moriarty Tribunal, appeal,

File photo of former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry leaving the Moriarty Tribunal in 2007 | Image: RollingNews.ie

Tipperary TD Michael Lowry says he believes recent court rulings, in relation to the Moriarty Tribunal, will not affect him on polling day.

Deputy Lowry recently lost a High Court challenge over the costs involved in the inquiry.

Mr Lowry has decided to appeal the High Court judgement that the Moriarty Tribunal was right to only award him one-third of his costs.

This legal challenge took over five days, and heard the overall bill for Mr Lowry's contributions to the tribunal amounted to millions of euro and would have "lifelong consequences" for him.

The Moriarty Tribunal was set up in 1997 to investigate alleged payments to Mr Lowry and former Taoiseach Charles Haughey. It lasted 14 years.

In 2013, a decision was made to only award one-third of costs to Mr Lowry because of his lack of cooperation.

The Independent TD strongly disputed this, claiming he cooperated to such an extent that it impacted on his life, health, employment and family

Speaking on the campaign trail in his constituency of Tipperary, he says people in the area are sick of the tribunal.

He told Newstalk Breakfast it only served to make lawyers rich.