The Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe says he wants to draw the Aer Lingus takeover saga to a conclusion soon.
Mr Donohoe updated the Cabinet on discussions with the International Airlines Group (IAG) and CEO Willie Walsh yesterday.
He says he anticipates being in a position to give a definitive decision in a matter of weeks.
He would not be drawn on a firm deadline for accepting or rejecting the €1.4bn offer, saying it is too big an issue for a rushed decision.
Mr Donohoe says the matter is coming towards a conclusion.