An attempt to recall the Dáil to debate an EU regulation on organ donations has failed to get the backing of a sufficient number of TDs.

Fianna Fáil wanted to bring back the Dáil for a day to examine the regulation that was signed into law without debate last year.

The support of 56 TDs was required to bring the Dáil back early from its summer break.

Even though Sinn Féin backed Fianna Fáil's efforts to recall the House, too few TDs from outside those parties were supportive.

The campaign initiated by Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly sought to get the Minister for Health to annul legislation arising from an EU regulation.

That is because it failed to establish a single authority to deal with organ transplants.

The Attorney General advised Government that a Dáil recall would be redundant without a recommendation from an Oireachtas Committee.

The Government described the attempt to recall the House as a publicity stunt.

It has promised detailed legislation in the area will be published within six months.

Senators will return to work at 10am next Tuesday to debate the regulation.

But without the Dáil also meeting, there is now no chance that the legislation can be changed.