THE Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has criticised Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for putting his reputation at risk with "totally untrue" comments in a lengthy Dail row.
It came after Mr Adams had accused him yesterday of making a personal intervention to prevent Sinn Fein from getting speaking time on the Budget.
Mr Barrett said this was a 'totally untrue" statement by Mr Adams.
"I did no such thing and I want the record corrected," he said.
Mr Barrett said speaking time on the Budget had been allocated to Sinn Fein, Fianna Fáil and Independents based on their number of TDs.
However, Mr Adams responded by accusing Mr Barrett of "behaving improperly". Mr Barrett denied this, saying that the Sinn Fein leader had put his reputation at risk.
"I'm correcting an incorrect statement that was made in this House," he said.
It came as the Government attempted to introduce its own Dail reforms, which include longer working hours. But those who complained included Labour TD Joanna Tuffy, who said there had been no consultation with backbench TDs like herself.