Lowry's suits sponsorship 'not political'
the chairman of the Tipperary county board has denied that allowing Michael Lowry to co-sponsor the team's suits for the All-Ireland hurling final was bringing politics into sport.
It comes after the former minister was pictured with members of the Tipperary panel sporting the new suits.
The politician released the picture and with the message: "Very happy to have been in a position to co-sponsor the suits for the Tipp panel.
"Good luck on Sunday lads. Up Tipp."
Speaking on Tipp FM yesterday, Mr Lowry said that he had been asked by the chairman to find sponsors for the team's suites.
"Everybody in Tipperary knows that I'm a GAA man.
"I've been involved since my teenage years at administrative level or some level both with my club and the county," he said.
"The morning after we had beaten Cork, I received a telephone call from the chairman of the county board, Sean Nugent, and Sean said that they were approaching different people to organise different aspects of the preparation for the All Ireland.
"Now it's a very expensive exercise. They were delighted to be in the All Ireland.
"It's what you try to aspire to every year," he said.
"He (the chairman) asked me to get somebody to sponsor the suits for the team and he had also a list of other people he was approaching to sponsor other aspects of the weekend."
Speaking to the Herald yesterday, Mr Nugent denied that allowing Mr Lowry a photo opportunity with the team was brining politics into sport.
"That's your interpretation of it. I don't see it that way at all," he said. "Politics is not involved at all, it's a case of helping out when we needed some sponsorship," he said.
Mr Nugent said that Mr Lowry had been involved with the GAA locally for years.
He declined to name the other sponsors for the suits, though Mr Lowry said that there were four.
"We don't give details like that," Mr Nugent said when asked who they were.