Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said it is wrong to suggest that changing the name on the "Labour leader's door" is going to have the impact his critics suggest it will.

Mr Howlin is facing pressure to meet Labour councillors, 14 in total, who believe the time is right for a change of leadership.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Miriam, Mr Howlin said he does think he is a good leader and described himself as a "serious political thinker".

Mr Howlin said he hoped there would be a very open discussion at the party's two-day think-in in Drogheda on 16 and 17 September.

This meeting now looks set to be a defining one for Mr Howlin's leadership.

He said he would be setting out his stall very vigorously at the meeting but he described himself as a "collective person" and said he wanted a common approach from everyone.

Mr Howlin said he understood the depth of the crisis that faced the party after the last general election.

He said it is not true that the party had disengaged from its members and he had set out to rebuild the party and reconnect with trade unions.

Meanwhile, one of the 14 councillors who is seeking a meeting with Mr Howlin has said she is "extremely disappointed" that he will not meet the group soon.

Pamela Kearns said the party leader should quickly meet the councillors who wrote to him last week requesting a meeting to discuss "leadership and the need for change".

The Dublin South West councillor said Mr Howlin must be open to this meeting even if he did not like what he would hear there.

Earlier this month, some 16 other councillors pledged their support for Mr Howlin's continued leadership of the party.

Labour has a total of 50 elected representatives at local authority level.

Additional reporting Mícheál Lehane