FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin will attempt to mend deep divisions in the party after last night's parliamentary meeting descended into "utter f**king chaos".
TDs and senators were "split" over the party's strategy for selecting a presidential candidate with reports today suggesting that deputy leader Eamon O Cuiv threatened to resign over the issue.
The party was debating whether to give its backing to Senator Labhras O Murchu who announced on Wednesday that he was interested in running for the Aras.
However, Mr Martin put forward a motion which called for the party not to nominate any candidate -- a proposal which caused deep unrest among Senator O Murchu's backers.
But the entire meeting plunged into chaos mid-way through, with a number of TDs and senators accusing Senator O Murchu's supporters of "disillusionment" over his chances.
One TD told the Herald: "There was an awful lot of tension. At one stage several people were throwing accusations at each other.
"It seemed to be the result of a number of weeks of bad media coverage suggesting that the party had no clue as to what approach it was taking in relation to the presidency."
Mr O Cuiv eventually walked out of the meeting and had to be calmed down by party chairman John Browne and chief whip Sean O Fearghail.
The Herald understands that Deputy O Cuiv has been deeply unhappy with his leader's entire approach to the selection of a presidential candidate.
The decision on the party's presidential strategy is now not expected to be finalised until next Tuesday.
One senior TD explained: "The party's divided on the matter, there's no secret being made about that."
Meanwhile, Senator David Norris will continue to lobby support for his second presidential bid today, after addressing a depleted meeting of the Independent Technical group yesterday.