Speaking to the media today, Anthony O'Gara said it is a "sensitive situation"
Updated at 17:18
The CEO of the Rose of Tralee said it would be "completely silly" to ban transgender women from entering the competition.
Speaking on RTÉ this afternoon in response to a story in the Irish Mirro Anthony O'Gara said:
"It's a sensitive situation that we have to prepare ourselves for," he said, "but it isn't the case that transgender women are banned or barred - that would be completely silly."
Earlier today, it was reported that the Rose of Tralee festival would not be considering currently considering allowing transgender women to enter the contest.
Applications have opened for this year's festival, with selection events taking place from February until June.
Currently, in order to compete certain criteria must be fulfilled. Roses must:
It is unclear whether this criteria recognises the Gender Recognition Act 2015 and those who have received new birth certificates under the Act.
A spokesman told the Irish Mirror: "The Festival is a progressive organisation that always strives to reflect changes in society in the entry guidelines for women.
"Transgender women entering is not something we are considering at the moment, however, we will continue to review our guidelines."
Brianna Parkins, last year's representative from Sydney, said she was saddened to hear of the ban on Twitter.
"The #Roseoftralee has a proud history of being progressive. Sad about the trans ban but hopeful it might be reconsidered," the tweet reads.
She had previously encouraged "all feminists/mixed race/queer/trans ladies" to apply to be this year's Sydney Rose.
The #Roseoftralee has a proud history of being progressive.Sad about the trans ban but hopeful it might be reconsidered— Brianna Parkins (@parkinsbrea) February 2, 2017
In comments to the Irish Examiner, Mayor of Tralee Terry O'Brien called on festival organisers to review their decision.
However, speaking to Newstalk, Mr O'Brien said the festival would have to make their own call when it came to the rules.
"The council is independent of the festival, and the decision will be the Rose of Tralee's at the end of the day," he said.