Labour members are majorly in favour of new party leadership ahead of a meeting this afternoon.
Labour retained just seven seats after a disastrous election and now want to replace Joan Burton as leader of the party.
A number of former TDs have called for a leadership election and backed Brendan Howlin to run. Ex-TD Michael McCarthy said that it may be time for Joan Burton to go.
“My view is that whatever needs to be done about the next leader, needs to be done, sooner rather than later.
“The rules of the party are very clear about what happens.
“And I think the process we need to embark upon in terms of recovering Labour fortunes in our local authorities, the National Parliament if that means Joan Burton’s leadership ends sooner rather than later then so be it.”