Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he does not see any prospect of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern returning to the party.
A motion was unanimously passed at a private meeting of 30 members of Dublin Central Fianna Fáil earlier this week to invite Mr Ahern to apply to return to the party.
Speaking on Tipp FM this morning, Mr Martin said nothing has changed since Mr Ahern resigned from the party in the aftermath of the Mahon Tribunal.
Mr Martin said that times and politics have moved on and there is a new generation of TDs in Dublin. He said that was where the focus is now.
Mr Ahern resigned from Fianna Fáil in 2012 ahead of a meeting of the Fianna Fáil National Executive to consider expelling him, following the publication of the final report of the tribunal.