'Frankly I couldn't care less' - Alan Kelly reacts to Charlie Flanagan's apology
Charlie Flanagan issued a formal apology to Labour TD Alan Kelly in the Dáil tonight after he alleged Mr Kelly was engaged in a smear campaign against him.
Speaking on The Tonight Show on TV3, Mr Kelly said "frankly I couldn't care less" about the apology.
While he said that he accepted Mr Flanagan's apology, it wasn't a matter of concern for him.
"It's not that important to me to be honest with you," he told hosts Ivan Yates and Matt Cooper.
"I'd rather analyse the date and the time that he actually went berserk in the Dáil, which was kind of ludicrous and embarrassing for all and why he was so het up at the time," Mr Kelly said.
"We all know why he was so angry. The lid was about to come off. My questions were so detailed he knew we were one step away from this exploding."
The exchange between Mr Kelly and Mr Flanagan took place in the Dáil on November 15.
Mr Flanagan alleged that Mr Kelly was engaged in a smear campaign against him when Mr Kelly asked questions of the Department of Justice about Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.
"I genuinely believe there are a lot more questions to be asked in relation to a wide range of issues," Mr Kelly said tonight.
"I genuinely believe there's an opportunity for the Taoiseach to have a mini reshuffle or do whatever's necessary but I do believe that this [Charlie Flanagan] shouldn't stay in this Department."
"I believe it needs a new person to come in here and clean it out. A new Secretary General has to come in as well. This Department needs to be split in two, it's dysfunctional.
"Policing and security need to be separated totally," Mr Kelly added.