Former Labour Junior Minister Roisín Shortall believes Budget 2013 will be very damaging for the party.
Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has had to try and calm backbencher nerves - over concerns that the wealthy weren't hit hard enough in the provisions on Wednesday.
Shortall says recent days have provided plenty of food for thought for Labour.
“Well I think the Labour party needs to consider what its role is in Government. This Budget and a number of provisions are going to be quite damaging to the party.
“I suspect a lot of pressure will be piled on in coming days to try and reverse some of the more awful aspects of the Budget.”