The Tánaiste Joan Burton has said that any decision on the sale of Aer Lingus will be taken by the whole of Government, and she does not expect one for some time.
That is despite claims that a report from an interdepartmental group set up to examine the sale is almost complete.
IAG has offered €1.36bn to buy the government's Aer Lingus shareholding.
But the Labour leader says that it is not just for the Labour Party to decide if the deal is the right move.
"The decision is down to everybody who is in Government," said the Tánaiste.
"It involves weighing up the balance of what is good for the country and what makes sense for a secure future for Aer Lingus, both for the services it provides and for the people it employs into the future."