Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny should not have to divulge his plans for his political future.
The Taoiseach has already indicated that he will not be leading his party into the next General Election.
Yesterday, the Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty said members of Fine Gael and the Government would be better able to get on with their jobs if a time-line for Enda Kenny's resignation was set out.
However, the Tánaiste said that Enda Kenny will let Fine Gael and his Government colleagues know when he's ready to do so.
“I don’t particularly believe that the Taoiseach should be forced by anybody to outline a timetable.
“I believe that he has a job to do, I support him in that job, it’s a critical job for the country right now and no doubt, in his own time, he will make his intentions known.
“And in the meantime, I think it’s up to the rest of us to get on with the very busy jobs that we have. I’ve certainly plenty to do as Tánaiste and Justice Minister.”