Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten will spend the night in hospital after being injured in a road crash in Co Roscommon.
Mr Naughten was cycling with his wife along a road between Roscommon town and Fuerty earlier this afternoon when he was struck by a car.
He is understood to have sustained back injuries in the collision, and was brought by ambulance to Portiuncula Hospital in Galway.
While his injuries are not thought to be serious he is being detained overnight for observation.
Ms Naughten was not injured in the incident, which gardaí are investigating.