The Transport Minister says a Christmas sleigh with his face on it that was perched on the roof of a car had nothing to do with him.
The car, which belongs to Independent Councillor Kevin Daly, was seen driving around the south side of Dublin.
It was removed over concerns that it looked unsteady.
Image via @ropurcell on Twitter
Minister Shane Ross says he doesn't understand why he's getting criticised.
"I'd never driven the car, I've never owned the car, I don't quite understand why I've got the criticism.
"What actually happened was there was a photograph of me on the car - that's absolutely correct.
"But it was nothing to do with me what was done there".