Labour leader Alan Kelly has dismissed the no-confidence motion in Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney as not a priority for Irish people.

Mr Kelly said his party would support it however, as it does not have confidence in the Government.

"The Irish people don't see this as the biggest political priority, I’ve had virtually nobody come to me on it – one or two maybe," Mr Kelly said.

He added: "The bigger priorities are how we vaccinate those who are vulnerable, boosters, Sláintecare, the Housing for All policy, which effectively was very underwhelming, and education."

The party’s TDs and Senators are meeting in Athy, Co Kildare, where it hopes Senator Mark Wall will win a seat in the Dáil in Kildare South in the next general election.

Mr Kelly said the recent by-election victory in Dublin Bay South was a watershed moment for the party and a real fillip for the membership.

The party’s newest TD Ivana Bacik has been appointed spokesperson on the Environment and Climate, Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Dublin Fingal TD Duncan Smith takes over the health portfolio from the party leader, becoming spokesperson on Health, Transport and Communications.

On poll ratings of 5%, Mr Kelly said the party’s showing had been lower but now seems to have stabilised.

He said the party was organised all over the country.

Ms Bacik has said she wants to move on from the controversy about her attendance at Katherine Zappone's event in the Merrion hotel.

She said she regretted being there, adding that she had apologised.

"I attended very briefly, I did apologise and I am looking forward to moving on with a positive and constructive message."

She said she was told the gathering was within the regulations and the guidelines.