Elaine Byrne: Cute politics continues as independent TDs wield their power

Neasa Hourigan’s vote against the government made the headlines, but the unofficial influence of independents who support the government gets less attention

Michael Lowry, the independent TD for Tipperary, has unofficially been a kingmaker in three different governments. Picture: Gareth Chaney

On occasion you would have to admire Michael Lowry. These are words that do not come easily to this writer, particularly as the 12th anniversary of the Moriarty Tribunal came to pass last week. The independent TD for Tipperary has, once again, played a blinder when it comes to the political theatre of grand opposition motions.

Lowry made it known that he would “reserve judgment” on which way he would vote on the Sinn Féin ...