The Taoiseach Enda Kenny appears to have ruled out a November General Election.
After weeks of hinting that he might go to the polls after the Budget, Mr Kenny today insisted he wants to wait until Spring 2016.
The recent speculation has put considerable strain on relations between Fine Gael and the Labour party, who oppose a pre-Christmas vote.
In an interview on RTE's The Week in Politics, Mr Kenny claimed he has been consistent on the matter.
The Taoiseach said: "Well I haven't changed my mind, I've been very consistent in anything I've said about this.
"My intention is to have the General Election in the Spring of 2016, and I see no reason to change that."