Fine Gael's executive council will meet tonight to decide whether to sign off on the deselection of Wexford general election candidate Verona Murphy.
South East Radio reports a decision to remove the Irish Road Hauliers Association boss from the general election ticket was made at a local branch meeting attended by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe yesterday.
However, any final decision has to be decided by the party's executive council.
Ms Murphy caused controversy during the recent by-elections by suggesting some asylum seekers needed to be 'deprogrammed'.
She subsequently apologised for her comments.
Despite receiving the second highest percentage of first preference votes in last month's by-election, she ultimately finished in third place - with Fianna Fáil candidate Malcolm Byrne elected to the vacant seat.
Minister Donohoe today confirmed he met with Ms Murphy and her team in recent days - but he refused to be drawn on whether she would be deselected.
He explained: "There's a meeting taking place of the Executive Council this evening - they are the body that will make the decision in relation to the matter, on the foot of a directive that the Taoiseach may issue later on today.
"I'm not going to comment further on the matter until the Executive Council and the Taoiseach make a statement on the matter later."