There have been a number of complaints from grassroots Fianna Fáil members over Colm Keaveney's recent move to the party.
Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly Sean Fleming said an unspecified number of complaints were made to his constituency office this morning following the appointment of former Labour Party Chairman Colm Keaveney to the party's frontbench.
"A number of people saying they're members of Fianna Fáil are strenuously objecting to Colm Keaveney joining us on the basis of various insulting remarks he made about Fianna Fáil in the past," he said.
"I don't know how genuine those phone calls were. We're a broad church. We have people of different opinion. I'm delighted he changed his mind. He's a convert."
Labour TD Emmet Stag said nothing Mr Keaveney does could surprise him.
"Colm Keaveney has been all over the place politically, from the far left of the Labour Party to being an associate of the PDs and now [...] he's joining Fianna Fáil, so nothing surprises me about Colm."
Mr Stagg added that political dynasties are big in Mr Keaveney's constituency, so he may not get a nomination from Fianna Fáil when election time rolls around, but that he "presumes he can run for somebody else if he doesn't get that one."