Tánaiste Joan Burton said that Labour will be re-elected to Government - because it is vital for the future of the country.
The Tánaiste said that she does not expect the election to be held until the spring - but said that Labour will be ready for it whenever it comes.
The Labour parliamentary party is meeting in Wicklow today and tomorrow to plan election strategy ahead of the next Dáil term.
Minister Burton told her party colleagues that the future of Ireland depended on Labour getting re-elected.
"We'll be ready for it, ready for the first time in our history to return to Government for a second term," she said.
"Let there be no doubt - we are going to do it.
"More than that - we have to do it.
"Not for our party's sake, important as though that it, but for our country's sake."