A government minister says she expects Christine Lagarde would enjoy almost unanimous European support - including that of Ireland - if she announces her candidacy for the top job at the IMF.
The French Finance Minister is expected to confirm her interest in the position at a press conference this morning.
The prospect of Madame Lagarde getting the job has drawn mixed views here, because of her government's tough stance against Ireland's bid to get a cheaper bailout deal.
In the Dáil yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny refused to be drawn when urged by Independent TD Shane Ross to oppose Madame Lagarde's candidacy.
But Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said this morning that if she does throw her hat in the ring she would probably make a very good IMF chief.