Micheál Martin has hit back at internal criticism from some of his TDs.
At the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting yesterday Marc MacSharry said Leo Varadkar was running rings around him in press conferences.
He also said the Taoiseach has a teacher to pupil style relationship with his TDs and that the party is in trouble.
This afternoon Taoiseach Micheál Martin hit back at the criticism.
"Since I formed the cabinet Marc MacSharry has made it clear he's dissatisfied. He's entitled to his views, I disagree with them of course. I'm focused on issues of substance"
"Where I would seriously disagree with Marc is his comments in relation to the CMO that we should take him off the screens or somehow disappear him from public view. I think that was something I couldn't quite comprehend"