The President of the European Parliament has said Bertie Ahern is one of a number of possible candidates for the planned new position of EU President.
Hans-Gert Pottering was speaking after holding talks at government buildings yesterday on the forthcoming Lisbon Treaty referendum.
The creation of the position of EU President is one aspect of the new treaty.
Mr Pottering says there are several candidates who could do the job and Mr Ahern would have the necessary experience to be one of those candidates.
Meanwhile, he also said he was confident the Irish people would vote in favour of the treaty in the upcoming referendum, scheduled to take place on June 12.