John Lowry (Irish politician)

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For the 19th-century baseball player, see John Lowry (baseball), for the film restorer see John D. Lowry.

John Terence Lowry is the former General Secretary of the Workers' Party in Ireland. He is a native of the Lower Falls area of Belfast.

Lowry first stood for the Workers' Party in the 1986 Lagan Valley by-election. As the only candidate to challenge Jim Molyneaux of the Ulster Unionist Party, he picked up 9.3% of the vote.[1]

Lowry stood again in Lagan Valley at the 1987 general election, but owing to his facing several candidates, his vote dropped below 3%. For the 1992 general election he moved to contest Belfast West, and has contested this unsuccessfully at each subsequent election, except in 2010 and the 2011 by-election when he did not stand.[1]

Lowry was also the Workers' Party's candidate in the Northern Ireland constituency at the European Parliament election in 1994, coming well down the field with only 0.45% of the votes cast.[1] He topped the party's list in Belfast West for the Northern Ireland Forum election of 1996, and has contested the same seat at each election to the Northern Ireland Assembly.[2] Lowry has also stood for Belfast City Council in the Lower Falls ward in each election since 1993.[3]

In 2005, Lowry was one of three people to post bail for Workers' Party President Seán Garland, but forfeited £9,000 after Garland failed to appear in court.[4]

Lowry is registered with the Electoral Commission as the leader and nominating officer of the Workers' Party in Northern Ireland.[5]


  1. ^ a b c John Lowry,
  2. ^ West Belfast, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ Belfast City Council, 1993 - 2005, Northern Ireland Elections
  4. ^ "Garland bailsmen to forfeit cash", BBC News
  5. ^ "Workers' Party (The)", Electoral Commission
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pat Quearney
General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Ireland