Opposition attacks have 'hit a new low'
Tanaiste Mary Coughlan yesterday accused Fine Gael and the Labour Party of "unjustified and disingenuous" attempts to smear the Government's reputation.
Addressing a Fianna Fail conference in Galway, Ms Coughlan said the backbiting from the opposition has progressed to new lows, singling out Labour leader Eamon Gilmore's allegation that Taoiseach Brian Cowen was guilty of treason.
"Words like corruption and allegations of unspecified impropriety are thrown across the floor of the House like confetti," she said.
"Week after week continue the snide comments from the ivory towers on the opposition benches.
"Cheap shots about Fianna Fail bailing out their friends the bankers, bailing out their friends the developers, and bailing out anyone and everyone else about whom there is the potential for an easy headline.
"Well, I think there comes a point when we have to say that enough is enough. I for one refute the type of smears hurled at me, at my colleagues in the Government and at my party. In doing so, I reflect on my own 23 years in national politics and the work I have given my all to.
"I know it is the same for my colleagues. Truly committed people that care deeply about their communities, this country and our people."
The Tanaiste added: "It is time to grow up and start playing the ball, not the man."