The Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said he has not received a report yet on the future of nurses pay.
It is reported the Public Sector Pay Commission is set to reject a pay increase for nurses, who are looking for a raise to address staff shortages.
There are concerns nurses could engage in industrial action if they do not get more money.
Minister Donohoe was tight-lipped when asked about the reports.
He said: "I have not received the Pay Commission report yet from the Public Sector Pay Commission who are looking into issues in relation to recruitment and retention within our health service.
"When I receive the report from the commission, I'll then take it to Cabinet for a discussion within Cabinet."