The Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has defended his comments suggesting he would have no problem with a Fine Gael - Fianna Fáil coalition.
Labour's Kathleen Lynch yesterday hit out at Mr Coveney's remarks as being "disloyal" to her party.
However, Minister Coveney says Minister Lynch's response was a "shame", and he says the controversy does not accurately reflect his comments.
He said: "I think it was a shame that Kathleen Lynch said that because that certainly wasn't what should have come from my comments and I think the headline and the tone of the article didn't really reflect this was a pre-Christmas interview.
"When he asked the question if it's not possible after the next election for Fine Gael and Labour to form a government, which I hope it is, he asked me the question of would I be supportive of a government that would involve Sinn Féin and I said 'absolutely not', I didn't think the parties were compatible.
"And then I was asked about Fianna Fáil and I said what I have said many times before."