Labour Party chairman Colm Keaveney has said a renegotiation of the Programme for Government is an immediate requirement for his party, in the wake of its poor performance in the Meath East by-election.

Mr Keaveney said Labour needed to demonstrate humility immediately with respect to the broken promises made prior to the last general election.

He said the buck for the party's failures stopped with the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and his ministers.

Mr Keaveney said Labour needed to explain why it had not fulfilled the commitments it made in key social areas, including disability, employment and the mortgage crisis.

Mr Keaveney said Labour needed to act decisively to restore its credibility with the electorate, and the party also needed to stop chasing numbers and instead attract support based on its values.

Mr Keaveney said in the Meath East by-election, and before the general election, Labour had focused too much on communication without substance.