The Taoiseach has said the Minister for Justice continues to have his full support regarding his actions taken in publicly revealing details about allegations that Frank Connolly travelled to Colombia on a false Irish passport.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio’s This Week, Bertie Ahern said he does not believe the passports issue is linked to Mr Connolly's independent investigative company, the Centre for Public Inquiry.

Mr Ahern also said it is time to move on from the Stormontgate spying scandal and to concentrate on normalising society in Northern Ireland to secure a proper policing structure.

The Taoiseach also ruled out a general election until the summer of 2007.