Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan has said the emergence of a report that Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been asked to intervene in a dispute over a diamond ring that was in his possession, was an attempt to damage his reputation.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O'Rourke, Mr Conlan said he was at an antiques fair in the UK and saw a ring that he subsequently took back to Dublin to be appraised.

The Irish Independent reported today that the Cavan/Monaghan TD had a dispute with an English woman, Freya Hart, over a diamond ring worth €10,000.

The TD said he subsequently chose not to buy it and returned it to the dealer.

Mr Conlan said he had previously pointed out that if you speak out or criticise the Taoiseach or Government policy, they will try to damage you and he believed this was an attempt to do that.

"The Taoiseach received this email back in August long before the McNulty affair, why is it only surfacing now after the McNulty affair when I spoke out and criticised the Taoiseach?

"I found out from Freya that only two people received the email, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Arts, Heather Humphreys, so the position is how does an email meant for two people end up on the cover of the Irish Independent?"

Mr Conlan said he did not know why the dealer contacted the Taoiseach and described the report as a "nothing" story.

He said he thought it was beneath any politician to indulge in this type of politics.