The Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has said the current coalition Government will serve out its full term in office.
That is despite reports today claiming Fine Gael ministers are looking for an early poll as tensions mount with Labour.
There is also speculation that there is pressure from backbench TDs, who want the public to vote while there is good news on the economic front and this autumn has been suggested a possible date for dissolution of parliament.
However, Donohoe has said he can not see his colleagues stepping down before their mandate runs out next spring.
“I think there’s discussion within Fine Gael - as I’m sure there is within the Labour Party regarding - when the election will take place. It is uniquely the prerogative of the Taoiseach to decide when to dissolve the Dáil,” said Donohoe.
“My own view is that the Government should, and I believe will, serve out its full term.”