Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has said he does not think that former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is engaging in 'conduct that is becoming' by appearing in a kitchen cabinet for a TV advert.

In the Dáil, Mr Kenny asked Taoiseach Brian Cowen if Mr Ahern consulted with him before he took part in the advert for the Irish News of the World.

Mr Kenny said Mr Ahern had been given an honour in being elected three times as Taoiseach and was still in receipt of public monies.

The Fine Gael leader said Mr Ahern was now publicising his career as a sports pundit.

Mr Cowen did not respond.

The Ceann Comhairle, Seamus Kirk, ruled the question out of order.