Former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has refused to rule out a return to politics.

Ms Coughlan said in an interview with RTÉ’s Raidió na Gaeltachta that she has not closed the door completely to a return, but there is a need for fresh blood in the party.

Ms Coughlan, who lost her seat in the General Election in 2011, said it was unfair to blame any one person for the decisions which ultimately lead to the country having to be bailed out by the EU/IMF.

“There were lots of people involved.  It's clear now that the Government didn't have all the information about the situation - in particular the state of the banks.” 

“Questions need to be answered.  At the time we got advice from the Central Bank etc and we had no other choice.”

She added that the Government had made the tough decisions at the time for the benefit of the State.

“We did what we knew needed to be done, we knew we had to make those difficult decisions.  We also understood the implications for the party, that we would lose seats....but we were doing the right thing for the State.'

Ms Coughlan added that she had been targeted unfairly by the Irish media.

“I was under huge pressure everywhere I went. It was herd mentality, and they took a lot of what I said out of context.”