Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says he should have been clearer with Katherine Zappone that he was not offering her a job when they spoke in March.
Simon Coveney has acknowledged he has "made mistakes" in his handling of the special envoy controversy.
For the second time in under a week, he is before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions about what happened.
Documents show Ms Zappone thanked the Minister for the "incredible opportunity" in a text message on March 4th.
The message came four months before Cabinet was told about the job in late July.
Simon Coveney insists Katherine Zappone "did not ask" him for a job at any stage.
He also said his contact with Katherine Zappone in March 'was not a job offer', despite Ms Zappone's enthusiastic response.