Jim O'Callaghan says now is not the time to change the leader of Fianna Fáil 1 month ago

Jim O'Callaghan says now is not the time to change the leader of Fianna Fáil

"I'm certainly not going to say I'm not interested."

Fianna Fáil TD Jim O'Callaghan has said that now is not the time to change the leader of the party.

Speaking on Today with Claire Byrne, O'Callaghan said that, despite pressure on Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin, now is not the time for the party to change leadership, but that he would be interested in being the leader in the future.

He said: "Micheál Martin has my support, he is doing a good job. I want him to succeed and I want the country to succeed. I am willing to play my part.

"It would be an honour for any member of Fianna Fáil to lead the party. I can't predict the future. I'm certainly not going to say I'm not interested."

The Dublin-South TD has been touted as a potential candidate for the leadership of Fianna Fáil.

O'Callaghan's comments come just days after Fianna Fáil Galway-West TD Éamon Ó Cuív called for a change in the party's leadership.

Speaking on the same show earlier this week, Ó Cuív said: "I do think we need a new leader, I do believe we need a change of direction."

When asked if Jim O'Callaghan could be a possible replacement, Ó Cuív said that there is "plenty of talk" ongoing within the Fianna Fáil party.