Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes said today that there should be a second referendum on Oireachtas inquires.
He made the comment after his cabinet colleague Minister Pat Rabbitte called for a re-run of last October's referendum, to try and give a parliamentary inquiry more legal muscle to investigate Ireland's banking collapse.
Minister Hayes says the Government made mistakes in the last campaign.
He said that there have been instances in the past where a second vote was held on the same issue.
"We made mistakes last year in terms of that referendum, not enough debate occurred and unfortunately the referendum was defeated," he said.
"In my view, the only way forward is to have anther referendum.
"If we are going to have parliamentary accountability we need proper constitutional checks and balances for those committees, and quite frankly, since the Abbeylara judgement, they're not there."