There have been heated exchanges in the Dáil over continuing Opposition demands for a question and answer session with the Taoiseach on the Flood Tribunal Report.

Fine Gael's Enda Kenny said the public wanted to know why the Taoiseach had appointed Ray Burke to cabinet in 1997 while Labour's Brendan Howlin described the Government's proposals for the debate as "shabby".

Trevor Sargent of the Green party said a debate without questions would be meaningless.

Mr Ahern told the House he was not criticised in the Report, and had no questions to answer.

The Minister for the Environment, Martin Cullen, began the debate saying the report was a blow to the political system, and that the findings were disturbing.