Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he will be bringing dozens of amendments to the Judicial Appointments Bill.

He said he has to ensure the bill complies with the Constitution and is workable and he is working with the Attorney General Seamus Woulfe and Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Shane Ross on the bill.

Mr Flanagan said the bill is "in a difficult place", but said he does not accept that the bill now needs to be scrapped or redrafted.

He said the difficulties with it can be resolved, but it cannot be done without "due and careful consideration".

Mr Flanagan said he would describe it as a case of "too many cooks have somewhat spoiled the broth here".

He said the Government is committed to working with other parties in the Dáil to ensure that the legislation makes it onto the statute book, which earlier he said was in a difficult place.

The minister has also said he would not have used the colourful language used by the Attorney General to describe the Judicial Appointments Bill.

He also said he agrees with Mr Woulfe that the number of amendments added during committee stage of the bill means there are now constitutional issues with the legislation.

On Friday, Mr Woulfe described the bill as a "dog's dinner" and said some amendments to the bill were "contradictory" and "unconstitutional".

He referred specifically to an amendment to remove the Attorney General from the Judicial Appointments Commission.