Waterford TD Mary Butler is recovering after having surgery for skin cancer.
The Junior Health Minister confirmed the news to the Irish Examiner newspaper.
She had a procedure in June under local anesthetic to remove cancer from the bridge of her nose but it was unsuccessful.
Deputy Butler had a second surgery last Thursday and is now recovering at her home.
According to the newspaper, Mary was awaiting an appointment to see a dermatologist, having been referred by her GP in January.
However, while representing the Government in Brussels on St Patrick’s Day this year, an Irish doctor asked her if she realised she had a basal cell carcinoma on her nose.
Speaking to the Examiner, Deputy Butler said:
“I have a basal cell carcinoma on the nasal bridge, the diagnosis was confirmed in April.
“It’s the first time I had a full anesthetic in my life, on my birthday too last Thursday.
“I had a procedure under local anesthetic in June but unfortunately it wasn’t successful.”
“I will have results in four weeks’ time but the consultant is very confident that it’s an isolated basal cell carcinoma with no spread.”
You can read the full interview here.