Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he has no role in anti-war demonstrator Margaretta D’Arcy being imprisoned in Limerick Prison.
President Michael D Higgins’ wife, Sabina, made a controversial prison visit to the activist in recent days.
Ms D’Arcy (79), who is a member of Aosdana, is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and has also been diagnosed with cancer.
She was jailed last week for refusing to sign a bond to keep the peace and stay away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.
Mr Kenny said no politician had a role in decisions by the judiciary.
“We have no hand act or function in it,” he said.