The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said the government is absolutely determined to get to the bottom of what happened in or around the night the decision was taken on the bank guarantee.

Speaking to RTE's This Week, Minister Howlin denied that there was a turf war between the public accounts committee and the finance committee about who would conduct the banking inquiry.

No determination had been made as to which committee was best placed to conduct the inquiry, he commented.

He said he was keeping an open mind on the basis of what was the most effective mechanism to get to the truth.

The Minister also said he wanted to hear the views of both committees and the broader Oireachtas.

Government had one focus, to have the most robust form of inquiry, that, within the confines of the constitution sheds as much light as we can on who was involved politically and administratively in the decision making process for the guarantee, he added.

Primary care posts will be delivered - Howlin

Speaking on a separate issue, Minister Howlin insisted that money ring-fenced for mental health and primary care services will be used to resource these areas.

Brendan Howlin said the Government would ensure that posts in primary care would be delivered.

He also said that there would be a full array of primary care deliverers.

Commenting on the budget overspend in the HSE, he said the Government was taking measures to ensure decisions made to make savings required will be fully implemented by HSE.