Independent TD Mick Wallace has said comments aimed at him from Justice Minister Alan Shatter were “a cheap shot”.
Speaking as he entered the Fine Gael Ard Fheis last night Minister Shatter sparked controversy by saying that Sinn Féin and Independent TDs - including Deputy Wallace - who are opposing the household charge should "just get a life".
He also criticised Mr Wallace, accusing him of never paying his own debts.
“I think it’s unfortunate that people like Mick Wallace, who is a serial non-payer of his debt, should be urging other people to engage in the type of illegality that he himself has found himself brought before the courts for,” Mr Shatter said.
Deputy Wallace however hit back.
“Alan Shatter knows that I never set out to default anybody,” the Wexford TD said of his past debts.
“I had a successful business for 20 years. I paid all my taxes and did good work. There was a business crisis and mine collapsed.”
He also criticised the Justice Minister’s comments about the protestors.
“When we started this campaign, the Government rubbished it but it now seems that nine TDs are more in tune with the public than the Government parties,” he added.