The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party will take its time in deciding whether to run a candidate for this year's presidential election.
Mr Martin said his party will spend the next month deciding a “definitive party position on the nomination”.
He said, in the meantime, Fianna Fáil will not be taking the same approach as other parties, saying his members will not be seeking to block the nomination of independent candidates.
Mr Martin said: "There are a number of people out there who want to run for office. I think the most high-profile so far is Senator David Norris who has been on the campaign trail for some months now.
"We have picked up from a Fine Gael councillor in Longford that Fine Gael are trying to stop Mr Norris' nomination and I think that is wrong.
"I am saying to our candidates that you are permitted to facilitate a candidate such as Mr Norris to run for the presidency, you should not be part of any blocking mechanism."