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Support for ex-adviser to Lowry

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has defended the elevation of a former adviser to Michael Lowry to the position of chef de cabinet.

Mr Kenny's right-hand man Mark Kennelly worked directly for Mr Lowry when the controversial mobile phone licence in 1995 was awarded.

He was not named at any point in the Moriarty Report but the Taoiseach has been forced to state that the Fine Gael veteran had no "involvement whatsoever" in the scandal.

The fresh embarrassment hit the Government party as it emerged that Mr Lowry is preparing to deliver a strongly-worded defence of his actions during a two-day Dail debate on the report.

Time has been set aside for TDs to debate the fallout from the controversial report tomorrow and Wednesday with many expected to call for Mr Lowry's resignation.

Today, Mr Kenny rejected suggestions that Mr Kennelly had been in any way compromised.

kdoyle@herald.ie