Micheál Martin has insisted he will be leading Fianna Fáil into the next general election.
The Tánaiste was responding to the suggestion he may seek to become the State’s next EU commissioner when the position becomes vacant in mid-2024.
The current commissioner is Fine Gael politician Mairead McGuinness.
The Republic’s next general election must take place by March 2025.
Speculation around Mr Martin’s future has also seen him linked to a potential tilt at the presidency of Ireland.
Mr Martin reaffirmed his pledge to lead Fianna Fáil into the general election as he faced media questions on a visit to Belfast on Wednesday.
“I’ve been asked about different positions and so on – I’m leading the party into the next general election,” he said.
Mr Martin also reiterated his view that the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Greens coalition should serve a full term.
“I’ll be running and leading Fianna Fáil into the next general election and that is my objective,” he said.
“We analyse these things – in terms of our parliamentary party, the TDs are strong in their constituencies.
“We have the local elections next year, we’re preparing for those, we’ve had I think 40 per cent of conventions held already, and we have a strong pipeline of new younger candidates, more women coming forward, in addition to the very strong county councillors and city councillors that we have, and that will give us a good base for the general election when it happens.
“I think we should go full term in this Government. I intend to lead the party full term and into the next election.”