The Minister for Health and the interim leader of the Progressive Democrats, Mary Harney, has said she will be urging the party to put in place a change of rules to allow the next leader of the party to come from outside the parliamentary party.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio's News At One, Ms Harney said she will be asking the party to do this at its National Executive meeting on Thursday and at its general council meeting on Sunday.

She said neither she nor the only other Progressive Democrats' TD, Noel Grealish, wanted to lead the party.

She said she did not believe in going back, adding that leading the party was not on her agenda.

Ms Harney said she hoped that the Progressive Democrats had a future, and that the local elections in two years will tell if that is the case.