Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue is to make detailed proposals to the Oireachtas Commission later this week on the row over his expenses.

In a statement this evening, Mr O'Donoghue said that in response to recent comments by the party leaders he would be making detailed proposals for them to consider at their meeting on Wednesday.

He also said his proposals, which were nearing completion, would be informed by the comments made by the leaders.

Green Party leader John Gormley has said the issues surrounding the row Mr O'Donoghue's expenses have to be dealt with urgently.

He was speaking after Labour leader Eamon Gilmore called for a meeting of all party leaders to discuss the controversy.

Mr Gormley said that Mr O'Donoghue should not chair meetings of the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges when it deals with issues involving expenses.

He added that if existing structures do not deal with the expenses issue, then the Green Party would attempt to do so in the Programme for Government, which is currently the subject of negotiations between the Greens and Fianna Fáil.

He said that the expenses issue was a 'running sore'.

The expenses regime is too loose according to Mr Gormley and he said the system does not give value for money. The public has every right to be angry about what is happening, he added.

He said the Commission had failed to do its job over the past number of years, but it is now time to address the issues involved.

The Minister for the Environment added that the expenses regime across the board, including for Opposition leaders, needs to be reviewed.

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said he was seeking a meeting of all the party leaders to address the controversy.

On Morning Ireland, Mr Gilmore said that because of the independence of the Ceann Comhairle a meeting of the party leaders was necessary to deal with the controversy.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has also said that Mr O'Donoghue may have to consider his position.

Mr Gilmore said the level of expenses incurred by the Ceann Comhairle since he took office and when he was Minister of the Arts, Sports & Tourism was unacceptable.

Mr Gilmore also said he was concerned at the damage the controversy was doing to the office of Ceann Comhairle.

Mr Gormley said the planned meeting of party leaders was a good idea in principle but that it is not the correct forum in which to deal with matters concerning the Ceann Comhairle.

On Friday, John O'Donoghue disclosed details of all the expenses claimed since he was appointed Ceann Comhairle two years ago.

Over the last 24 months, over €45,000 was spent on foreign travel, while €13,000 was spent on car and limousine hire. Just under €5,000 was spent on VIP lounges.

Meanwhile, Enda Kenny has said next Wednesday's meeting of the Oireachtas Commission is the proper forum to examine where accountability lies over the controversial expenses.

Mr Kenny, speaking on the News At One, said the Ceann Comhairle should be above politics and so should not have a political advisor and should not be advertising political clinics.

He said he did not know the details of what Mr O'Donoghue should repay, but he has asked Fine Gael members of the Oireachtas Commission to raise the matter.

He called on the Green Party to give the people of Ireland an 'opportunity to give a mandate to a new government'.