CEANN Comhairle Sean Barrett has claimed there are attempts to "blacken" his name with leaks from the Oireachtas and says he won't take it anymore.
Kieran Coughlan retired as Dail clerk earlier this year, but the relationship between him and Mr Barrett deteriorated before Mr Coughlans' retirement.
Choosing a successor to Mr Coughlan has caused friction between Mr Barrett and the Government, and the Ceann Comhairle told the Dail this morning he is "being dragged into a controversy over this matter and I resent it very much".
Traditionally, the Taoiseach appointed a new clerk on the recommendation of the Ceann Comhairle. However, the Government wants to use a system for appointing senior civil servants while Mr Barrett wants Mr Coughlan's job filled by two civil servants already working in the Oireachtas.
Mr Barrett told the Dail he would allow Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Government decide on how to make the appointment.
And he added: "I'm appearing in newspapers, people are leaking stuff following a consultation process that took place within the law which the content of the leak was totally improper and incorrect an attempt to blacken my good name.
"I have to sit here and take this abuse without having any right of response. This is where the blame is coming and I'm not taking it anymore."