It seems the Foreign Affairs Minister hasn't got a handle on "Sunday banter". In a leaked Fine Gael Whatsapp group, Charlie Flanagan appeared to speculate about who will replace Enda Kenny.
The Taoiseach is due to name the date of his departure this week, after Fine Gael members forced him to do it sooner than planned.
The fallout from the garda whistleblower scandal has led to much speculation about who will be the next leader of Fine Gael, not least in a Whatsapp group of Fine Gael members.
In a screengrab taken on Sunday, Charlie Flanagan told the group that Simon Harris "wants out of Health", which he has since clarified was just "Sunday afternoon banter".
"It was a joke, it should be taken as that... I regret that it has been taken so seriously", Minister Flanagan today explained.
The Health Minister, Simon Harris, admitted that while Charlie Flanagan "has many, many, fine attributes" he argues that "telling funny jokes on a Sunday afternoon is not one of them".
Minister Harris says he is "absolutely honoured to hold this position" and that "people can say what they like about me, but I would hope that even my harshest critics would acknowledge that I am doing everything that I can in this role".
Both Minister Harris and the Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald say they will announce whether or not they are interested in replacing Enda Kenny after he announces his leaving date. That is expected to happen this Wednesday.
Simon Coveney is also expected to go for the job, while Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has refused to rule himself out of the running.