Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he wants to “engage seriously” with Troika representatives in the coming days on how Ireland will exit its bailout and what assistance the EU and IMF might be able to provide.

Speaking after a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels, he said “I would like to engage seriously with the Troika on [bailout] exit strategies to ensure that when we go back into the markets, in a continuous way in the autumn, we stay and get money at low interest rates.

“I will be asking [the troika] what ideas they have and where they might assist us in that.”

It is amazing that the Government brought the country this far so quickly. I, for one, did not think we would be in a position to exit the bailout less than three years into this government’s term.

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