The Taoiseach has again apologised for his use of the f-word in the Dáil yesterday.
Brian Cowen has admitted that a four letter word he used in an overheard remark to Tánaiste Mary Coughlan should never have been said.
He made the gaffe following a heated exchange with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore over rising consumer prices.
The Taoiseach has admitted he was wrong; but has insisted that the opposition parties were also out of order:
"Regardless of the context or regardless of whether it was being heard publicly or privately it should not have been said and I withdraw it and I acknowledge it.
I never had a problem doing that but by the same token we then have Mr Kenny coming out claiming that I am bullying him and all this old sanctimonious nonsense, when the record shows exactly who was out of order and misbehaving - it was his parliamentary party but not just them.
Does anyone think its reasonable that you be interrupted 44 times?", he said.