Taoiseach Micheál Martin is under fire from some of his own TDs and councillors as the fallout from his decision to sack Barry Cowen has divided Fianna Fáil.
And there was concern that more political trouble could be brewing for the coalition after it appointed former attorney general Séamus Woulfe to the Supreme Court less than three weeks after he was replaced at Cabinet.
Mr Cowen will now move to clear his name in the coming weeks as three separate probes into the drink-driving controversy that led to his sacking from Cabinet are under way.
The former Agriculture Minister was defiant yesterday, telling supporters that Fianna Fáil is bigger than him and "definitely bigger" than Micheál Martin as the Taoiseach faced a backlash from party councillors in Offaly last night.
A number of Fianna Fáil TDs also privately hit out at the Taoiseach's handling of the matter.
Less than 24 hours after he was dramatically removed from Cabinet, Mr Cowen appeared in the Dáil where Mr Martin came under sustained attack from the Opposition.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald claimed Mr Martin knew the "full story" about Mr Cowen's drink-driving ban over a week ago but had failed to act sooner.
Labour leader Alan Kelly said the controversy raised issues about Mr Martin's judgment.
The Taoiseach sacked the Laois-Offaly TD on Tuesday night after he refused to make a further Dáil statement on the events surrounding his drink-driving ban.
Mr Cowen has denied suggestions he tried to avoid gardaí and is attempting to find out how information about his drink-driving offence entered the public domain.