CEANN Comhairle Sean Barrett and Gerry Adams have had a furious row, with Barrett accusing the Sinn Fein leader of making "totally untrue" comments about him.
The underlying reason behind the row was Mr Barrett's decision to allow Budget speaking time for rebel Fine Gael TDs such as Lucinda Creighton – which meant there was less time available for Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail.
But Mr Barrett said it was "totally untrue" for Mr Adams to say that he personally intervened to prevent Sinn Fein from getting speaking time.
"I am entitled to correct the record where my reputation and the independence of this chair was put at risk," he said.
Mr Barrett said speaking time on the Budget had been allocated to Sinn Fein, Fianna Fail and Independents based on their number of TDs. He told Mr Adams that he had no right to respond to his comments and that he was "wasting time". But during the lengthy row, Mr Adams insisted he had behaved properly and that he had been denied a speaking slot on the Budget after returning from a family funeral.
There was also conflict over the Government's Dail reforms, which will take effect next month. The Dail will start an hour earlier on Wednesday and Thursday and sit for two Fridays a month, instead of one. There will also be a new "pre-legislative stage", which would allow committees to bring in outside experts to tease out draft legislation.
But Labour TD Joanna Tuffy rushed into the Dail chamber to complain about the changes.
"These decisions have been made by leaders and they have never really consulted with people like me. I object to that," she said.
And rebel Fine Gael TD Billy Timmins said he and his colleagues would make the Dail "unworkable" if the Government did not stop treating them as "political piranhas".
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin complained that the sum total of the 20 Dail changes was "sitting more often and doing less".
He said that despite all the rhetoric, the Government was still going to cut short the debate on the bill implementing the social welfare budget cuts next week.
But Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said the Government was bringing in a set of common-sense measures to improve how the Dail worked.