ENVIRONMENT Minister Alan Kelly has backed Tanaiste Joan Burton's leadership - despite the Labour Party's dismal showing in recent opinion polls.
Mr Kelly said the Tanaiste inherited the party at a difficult time and was doing a "fantastic job" since she took over from Eamon Gilmore last year.
He also warned that people will be faced with a choice of voting for stability and growth or "absolute chaos" at the next election.
"I wouldn't like to be making predictions of election results at this stage because I certainly believe from a vote intention point of view there is a long way to go yet," Mr Kelly added.
Ms Burton took charge of the party after Mr Gilmore stepped down following a disastrous local election campaign last year.
It was hoped Ms Burton would rejuvenate the party.
However, a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll has the party's support at just 6pc - meaning Labour would have around 10 TDs in the Dail after the next general election.
The party's support has been slashed by more than 60pc since it entered Government with 19pc of the vote.
A lot of Labour's support has transferred to Sinn Fein which is now the country's most popular political party, slightly ahead of Fine Gael.
Ms Burton's personal support rose slightly, but she is still the least popular leader of all the political parties.