Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin has said that he is confident he will lead the party into the next General Election.
This comes after party members have voiced their concerns in recent days over their "disappointment" and frustration at Fianna Fail's continued streak of poor ratings in polls.
Mr Martin denied that it has been relayed to him that the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election is a "must win" in terms of his leadership and told the Irish Independent that he is confident he will lead the the party into the next General Election, which is expected to held next spring.
"In Bobby Aylward, we have a very strong candiddate in Carlow-Kilkenny. He is popular, I have been down there. it is early days yet, it will become competitive given the fragmented landscape that we are in," he said at the launch of the Fianna Fail's programme events to commemorate the 1916 Rising.
"We will outperform the polls in the next general election, and of that I am certain. And we know from research across the country we are doing quite well in some areas of the country, but in other areas we have to pick up clearly."
Fianna Fáil party whip Sean O'Fearghail told the Irish Independent this week that the poll results are "disappointing", "depressing" and that people on the ground told him it was "bloody demoralising to the guys we need to canvass for us".
Mr Martin said that he does not agree with those comments and that there is a "very strong reaction on the ground".