The Labour leader Joan Burton does not appear to be bothered about speculation on who her successor will be.
The Tánaiste is in the job just 18 months, but is likely to face a heave in the immediate aftermath of the General Election if Labour suffers heavy losses.
Over the past month a number of Ministers, including Alan Kelly (Environment) and Ged Nash (Labour and Business), have declared they would be interested in the leadership if a vacancy were to arise.
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and Communications Minister Alex White also did not rule out running, should a vacancy arise.
However, the Tánaiste said she was planning to lead the party for some time yet, saying: "We want people of ambition in the Labour Party…but I plan to remain as Labour Party leader, obviously subject to what happens in the election…But I'd be very confident."