A series of private opinion polls show that Fianna Fail would lose far more seats than the 20 currently predicted if there was a sudden election.
The result of the secret polls have left senior party figures in "a state of fear'' that the party is poised to experience a 2002-style Fine Gael wipeout in Dublin and the country.
The polls also reveal that the electorate is poised to "take out'' the party's senior ministers rather than more humble backbenchers.
The party hierarchy is seriously "disturbed" by three constituency polls in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin South West and Mayo.
In Dun Laoghaire the polls suggest that the high profile FF Ministers Mary Hanafin and Barry Andrews are both in real danger of losing their seats. Fine Gael, in contrast, is poised to win two while Labour will almost definitely take a seat.(Duh - Gilmore is in DL)
The results are believed to be even more stunning in Dublin South West, where Fianna Fail currently holds two of the four seats.
A well-respected former minister told the Sunday Independent that the figures there show that both Pat Rabbitte and Brian Hayes have almost two quotas each
When it comes to the collapsed Fianna Fail vote, the humble FF backbench TD Charlie O'Connor is ahead of the high profile Innovation Minister Conor Lenihan.