A Labour Senator has said that unless the party urgently changes its policies and strategies in Coalition it will have to look at the issue of the leadership of Eamon Gilmore.

Roscommon-based Senator John Kelly said he had asked the Tánaiste why the party had not introduced a 3% levy on all those earning more than €100,000.

He said Mr Gilmore had told him if Labour demanded this Fine Gael would seek a new series of reductions in social welfare payments as a direct result.

Mr Kelly said this situation was unacceptable to him.

He also criticised Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte for comments made this week about people who did not use laptops or smart phones.

"Pat should apologise for calling people cavemen," he said.

"He has now become well known for making glib comments and he should apologise."