COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte suffered a "humiliating" experience at the hands of TV3 after being refused permission to go on the 'Vincent Browne Show'.
He had been invited by the station to appear on the show to speak about the successful negotiation of the Anglo debt deal.
Mr Rabbitte travelled to TV3's head-quarters in Ballymount in Tallaght as soon as he had finished an interview on RTE's 'Primetime' – only to be told by the station that he could not go on due to his 'Primetime' appearance.
A Labour Party spokesman said it had been "humiliating" for Mr Rabbitte to be "sent packing" by TV3.
"It is extraordinary that at a time when we are under huge pressure to provide guests for shows, and when a senior minister is made available, they send him packing," he said.
It is understood that Mr Rabbitte had been in high spirits before the incident – with one Labour TD noting that he was grinning "like a Cheshire cat".
A spokesman for Mr Rabbitte said he did not wish to comment on the matter.
A TV3 spokesman could not be contacted for comment.