Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has described comments from Finance Minister Michael Noonan about Greece as "flippant" and "simplistic".

This week Mr Noonan said that Ireland had few economic links with Greece and joked about feta cheese being one of the only products from Greece we see in Ireland.

Speaking to RTÉ's This Week, Mr Papandreou said that such comments undermined European solidarity.

He said that such stereotypes being uttered would do little to resolve Europe's difficulties.

Commenting on a proposal from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Greece should hold a referendum on its membership of the euro, Mr Papandreou said such a vote would be the best way to deal with such a major question.

He said the establishment of Eurobonds would be one of the best ways possible to help encourage growth and job creation in Europe.