Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has said there will be another referendum on our relationship with Europe and that the only issue is what question will be put.

Mr Gilmore had earlier said Labour would oppose any attempt to re run the Lisbon referendum.

He was speaking at the end of a special parliamentary party meeting in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

With next year's elections in mind, Labour was focussing on party image and organisation today.

Improving on what was a good performance in the last local polls is likely to be a challenge and proposals due soon from a special commission are eagerly awaited.

In the meantime Mr Gilmore was keeping up the pressure on the Government with a call for an early by election in Dublin South to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Séamus Brennan.

The Government is thought unlikely to heed that but may welcome a softening in his line on a second Lisbon poll.

After the failed referendum he had said Labour would oppose any attempt to re run it.

The Labour leader maintained we should now address the general question of our relationship with Europe and where it was going.

He insisted that Labour saw our position as firmly within a social and democratic Europe.