Tipperary TD Alan Kelly is to consider his position within the Labour Party after he failed to get a seconder for his nomination as Party Leader.
The former Environment Minister Kelly failed to secure the required backing of just one other Labour TD out of the sevenand will therefore not be allowed to contest a leadership contest.
This means Brendan Howlin will succeed Joan Burton as leader without any election taking place - a move which is causing much distress amongst grassroots members of the party who will have no say in who the Party Leader will be.
Several sources across all levels of the party today said the issue may result in members submitting their resignations.
Supporters of Mr Kelly also said he will now have to consider his future within the Labour fold.
Whether he will remain on as Deputy Leader remains to be seen.