The Chairman of the Flood Tribunal has denied that any deal was done with Ray Burke to cover his legal expenses in return for co-operating with the inquiry.

In a statement published yesterday, Mr Justice Fergus Flood denied media reports that he had made an agreement with the former Fianna Fáil Minister's legal team before the start of his evidence four years ago.

When the Tribunal resumes its public hearing in the next few weeks, Mr Justice Flood is expected to rule that Mr Burke and other witnesses who were found to have hindered the Tribunal's work should pay their own legal costs.