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The issue, which will come before the High Court again on Thursday afternoon, tonight dominated the Leaders' Questions slot in the Dáil.
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"This means in layman's terms that there is an attempt here to restrain or obstruct the tribunal from asking you questions."
But Mr Ahern replied: "I have no difficulties answering any questions in the tribunal. It has nothing to do with not answering questions."
Denying he had misled the Dáil, he added that the inquiry was trying to cross-examine him on his Dáil statements and this prompted the legal challenge.
He said: "The fact is I'm advised that this is unconstitutional, that they are violating the constitution."
"I'm not above or below the law and neither are they."
Labour leader Eamon Gilmore claimed the Taoiseach was confusing the principle of constitutionality "to the act of personal political preservation".
He told him: "You are going to the court either because you are playing for time or because you are trying to hide something.
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