'No evidence that I'm floundering' - Shane Ross refuses to take questions on judiciary
Transport Minister Shane Ross has described criticisms of his performance as "utter nonsense".
Mr Ross made the comments at a farcical press conference in Dublin on Monday.
The Independent Alliance TD repeatedly declined to answer questions on the issue of judicial appointments.
He has been accused politically of holding up the filling of a number of vacant judges positions.
Mr Ross was attending a Tourism Ireland event in Ballsbridge.
Members of the media were told at the start of the press conference that questions should be confined to the issue of tourism.
Asked about criticism about his own brief, Mr Ross rejected it outright.
"Any criticism I'm not spending enough time in the tourist portfolio are complete and utter nonsense," he said.
There is simply no evidence provided by anybody to support that not one scintilla of it."
During the event, it was pointed out to Mr Ross that he himself would have taken issue with a minister refusing to take questions in his former role.
"Perhaps," he muttered.