TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has accused Fianna Fail of "dragging the bottom of the barrel" ahead of today's debate of a no-confidence motion against Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Fianna Fail tabled the confidence motion in light of the Minister's claims that TD Mick Wallace was given discretion by gardai when he used his mobile phone while driving.
There was further controversy when it emerged that Minister Shatter had failed to supply a breath test at a mandatory checkpoint five years ago, claiming that his asthma had prevented him from doing so.
Today it emerged that a garda file on the drink-drive checkpoint has allegedly gone missing. However, in a statement, Mr Shatter rejected this, saying there had never been a report in the first place.
"He (Mr Shatter) is informed that no such report was generated by the garda member involved and a local search of the garda computer system has failed to locate any such report," the statement read.
However, sources say the garda who stopped Shatter felt he wasn't co-operative and was asked, "Don't you know who I am?," it is claimed.
Informed sources now say Minister Shatter didn't say anything about being asthmatic, and that he told gardai it was unconstitutional to stop him as he was coming from the Dail. It is also claimed he drove away from the checkpoint without being waved-on by the garda.
Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said the issue of debate on Shatter has gone on too long. "Frankly, I think Fianna Fail are dragging the bottom of the barrel now for an issue to have a private members motion of confidence on," he said.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he has full confidence in Mr Shatter and the Government would defend his record.