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Poll: Should Ministers meet with TDs criticised in tribunals?

Government ministers have faced criticism for meeting with Michael Lowry following the Moriarty Tribunal findings but they argue that they cannot refuse to meet with elected public representatives. What do you think?

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CONTROVERSY HAS ARISEN in recent weeks after it emerged that at least three government ministers met with independent TD Michael Lowry following the publication of the Moriarty Tribunal report.

The report made adverse findings against Lowry, formerly of Fine Gael, saying that he had an “insidious and pervasive” influence over the awarding of a second mobile phone licence when he was communications minister. The Tipperary TD has rejected the findings.

Though some have raised questions over government ministers meeting with political figures who have been the subject of negative findings by a Tribunal, others, including Lowry, argue that there is nothing wrong with Ministers meeting with elected public representatives to discuss constituency matters.

So, we want to know whether or not you think Ministers should meet with TDs who have been criticised by Tribunals?

Poll Results:

No, it is inappropriate (584)
Yes, all TDs are public representatives (569)
Don't know (52)

Read: Shatter will not say whether or not he met Lowry after Moriarty findings

Read: Fine Gael ministers defend meeting with Michael Lowry

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