Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that no date has been set for the referendum on the EU fiscal compact.
Mr Kenny said the Government has to first discuss the issue.
A Referendum Commission has also to be established.
However Mr Kenny said it is very important that every citizen be fully informed as to what it is they will be asked to vote on.
The Taoiseach was pushed on the prospect of a second referendum being held if people rejected the treaty.
"This referendum has to be ratified by the first of January, 2013," he said.
"Now we're not going to have referenda every week.
"We made it clear - this is not a European treaty referendum, this is a case where Ireland does not have a veto on the fiscal stability treaty.
"So people are going to be asked, whenever Government decide, for their answer and I hope they will give a resounding yes."