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Michael Lowry pictured in 2011 Farrell

Michael Lowry will stand trial for tax offences

He will appear in court in March of next year.

INDEPENDENT TD AND former government minister Michael Lowry is to stand trial on tax offences in March of next year.

Mr Lowry (60), of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co Tipperary is facing charges that he allegedly filed incorrect tax returns in 2003 and 2007. He was in court for the brief hearing earlier this morning.

The prosecution and defence both agreed that the trial could go ahead on 20 March, 2017. Mr Lowry recently lost an application in the High Court to have the case thrown out.

The TD appeared initially before Thurles District Court in 2014, charged with three counts of knowingly filing incorrect tax returns on 31 October, 2003, and one count of knowingly filing an incorrect tax return on 3 August, 2007.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath formally sent him forward to Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court but the case was later transferred from Co Tipperary to Dublin on the application of the DPP.

Comments have been turned off on this article as legal proceedings are ongoing. 

Read: Michael Lowry loses bid to halt trial on tax offences

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Declan Brennan and Conor Gallagher