The party does not like being reminded of the fact that Lowry was once one of its most promising prospects, even being mentioned as a future leader.
But that all ended when he stood down as Minister for Communications and resigned from the party in 1996 after the controversial award of the second mobile phone licence. The Moriarty Tribunal eventually found in 2011 that Lowry had “delivered” the licence for businessman Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone...
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