Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has said Fianna Fáil and the Greens were not at odds on Government policy on the future of Anglo Irish Bank.

He said all parties share the same goal - that is to find the cheapest and most effective way to restore the banking system.

His comments came after Green Party Finance Spokesman Dan Boyle said the party was leaning towards the position that the most cost effective way of dealing with Anglo Irish Bank was to bring about a quicker wind-down of it.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, Mr Ahern said Mr Boyle himself said he was not advocating the immediate wind down of Anglo Irish Bank.

Earlier, Senator Boyle had outlined his party's preferred route for dealing with the bank, saying: 'There has been ongoing discussion about all the options that are there.'

He said that the policy of the Government has been one of flexibility and that Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan had stressed that in the past.

'The Green Party policy, our preferred option, is to look at the economics, the costs of the quicker wind down and that's the debate that'll be happening in Government,' Senator Boyle said.

On the same programme, Fine Gael Spokesman on Finance Michael Noonan criticised the Green Party approach to the issue.

He said that although the Green Party is now moving towards the Fine Gael position on Anglo, it should have discussed it in private with its Fianna Fáil colleagues before making a public announcement.

'By doing it the way they're doing it, they're adding a political instability to the financial instability and if it's not concluded quickly they'll make matters worse rather than better,' he said.