The leaders of the political parties in the Dáil have agreed to write to the sole member of the Moriarty Tribunal advising him that they are anxious that the Tribunal's work should be completed as soon as possible, consistent with its mandate.

Today's meeting in Government Buildings lasted 50 minutes and was attended by Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny, Labour's Eamon Gilmore, Green Party leader John Gormley and Sinn Féin's Caoimghín Ó Caoláin.

It was prompted by a letter written by Mr Justice Michael Moriarty to the Clerk of the Dáil last month - a reply is now to be drafted and issued shortly.

The judge's letter explained the reasons for the delay in the Tribunal's work.

He suggested he might consider issuing two reports on the final portion of his work - one on the money trail involving former Minister Michael Lowry, and then another on the issuing of the second mobile phone licence in the 1990s.

That suggestion was given a cool reception in political circles.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach said: 'The Party Leaders met this afternoon and discussed Judge Moriarty's letter of 25 May to the Clerk of the Dáil.

'They are anxious that the Tribunal's work be completed as soon as possible consistent with its mandate and intend that a reply will be issued to the Judge's letter shortly.'