'There's no job coming up for Enda Kenny in Europe'
Taoiseach Enda Kenny's chances of becoming European Council president next year are now unlikely due to growing expectations that Donald Tusk will stay in the job.
Mr Kenny was hotly tipped for the role in 2014.
And with renewed rumbling about his leadership of Fine Gael, the high-powered job could be seen as an attractive move.
Mr Tusk's first term is due to finish next summer, when some members of Fine Gael expect Mr Kenny to step aside as leader.
However, an EU source said: "There's no job coming up for Enda Kenny."
The source said the feeling in Brussels is that Mr Tusk is "not going anywhere".
This is partially because German chancellor Angela Merkel is believed to want him to stay on in the role.
Mr Kenny's prospects of taking a top EU job was raised during a Bloomberg TV interview in New York last week.
Mr Kenny insisted his only priorities were in his role as Taoiseach.
Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy wants to see Mr Kenny remain Taoiseach saying: "The best place for Enda Kenny over the next two years is sitting around the table with the other 26 EU prime ministers."