Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has said he has no intention of resigning and he wants to keep his job.
Mr Kenny said he was prepared to stay on as leader until the election and to take his party to the polls as soon as he takes office in 2019.
“The Irish people want a change in government and I want to see that change.
I have to do this job.””
It’s not a decision I take lightly.
I have to do this job.”
I’m prepared to continue my mandate,” he said in a statement.
The president of the Fine Gael party said he had asked his party’s leadership to seek out Mr Kenny to discuss his future.
The Taoiseach, who was sworn in on Thursday, said he accepted Mr Kenny’s resignation from his party but he had to work with him and the Fine Gaels to find a way to deal with the future.
Mr Kelly said he and Mr Kenny had a “constructive” meeting on Friday, but did not elaborate.
The two men had a frank discussion about the possibility of a split of the party and the Taoiseas “long-term position”, he said.
Mr Taoisea said he is “very much aware” of the issues involved and he believes the two leaders are committed to a future of stability and stability of the state.
Mr Joyce has not commented on the resignation.