Members of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party have been sent two reports into the party's performance in the General Election and also its structures.

In an email to the party, the Taoiseach said a steering group to oversee the implementation of the reports has already met and will meet again this week.

The first report was compiled by five TDs – Maria Bailey, Alan Farrell, Kate O'Connell, Peter Burke, Patrick O'Donovan - and Senator Maura Hopkins who interviewed 400 election candidates and their background teams.

It recommends that local members and representatives should be able to contribute more to the party and focus groups should be made up of party members and supporters.

The parliamentary party, it suggests, should examine the effectiveness of party slogans and branding material.

On its media relations, the report recommends that Fine Gael must temper its language and combat any negative perception of the party that may exist.

It also suggests that the party should avoid negative campaigning and the "obvious stage managing" at press conferences needs to be decreased.

The review team also proposes that councillors meet their TDs and senators on a quarterly basis and increase the number of regional meetings.

It also proposes giving backbenchers the opportunity to accompany ministers to general meetings and events.

Furthermore, it recommends a post Cabinet briefing with the parliamentary party and it wants a parliamentary party manager in place by the end of September.

The second report on Fine Gael was conducted by Dr Marion Coy, who stated that there was not a lot of time available for the changes that she has recommended to be made.

Dr Coy said there was widespread recognition that Fine Gael's flawed organisational structure was in need of reform.

She said the party needed to go into the next general election as a changed party.

She made nine recommendations including defining Fine Gael as a campaigning party, overhauling the party's research strategy and ensuring the party's future electoral strategy and planning is more inclusive.

She also proposed that a steering group be set up to oversee its recommendations.

The group recently met and will hold a further meeting this week.

Her report also states that the appointment of a director of policy is an urgent matter.

It also proposed that the composition of the party's executive council should be reviewed so that some external experts are brought into the group.

It also recommends that the role of ministerial advisors be reviewed and states that the party's internal communication is fragmented and disjointed.