Independent TD for Tipperary North Michael Lowry is to face a trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court, on charges which allege he filed incorrect tax returns.

Mr Lowry, of Glenreigh, HolyCross, Thurles, is charged with three counts of knowingly filing incorrect tax returns in October 2003 and one further count in August 2007.

The book of evidence in the case against him was served on the Tipperary North Deputy at Thurles District Court this afternoon.

He was ordered by Judge Elizabeth McGrath to be present in court.

He was not in court earlier today when his case was first called, and the judge heard the book of evidence had been served on his solicitor, Michael Collins, who had represented him in the matter on a number of previous occasions.

Judge McGrath, however, ordered that Mr Lowry attend court so the book could be served on him personally.

She then made the order sending him forward for trial to the next sitting of the circuit court in Nenagh on 24 June.

Mr Lowry, who has already confirmed he will contest the case, was remanded on his own bail of €500 to appear in court in Nenagh on that date.