Members of the opposition met with Troika officials this morning describing the meeting as useful, while others discussed a lack of clarity to how the EU deal can benefit taxpayers.

Sinn Féin has described its meeting this morning with Troika officials as “very forceful”.

The EU/IMF/ECB officials are in Dublin to carry out a review of Ireland's bailout programme.

Finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said he "laid out very clearly" why the policies of austerity were not working.

He said he was concerned about the lack of concern from the Troika regarding the domestic economy and in particular the human cost of the recession.

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly, who was part of a group from the Dáil Technical Group which also met with the officials, described the meeting as very useful.

He said it was made very clear to him that decisions taken “on the ground”, be it property tax or anything else, were a matter for the Government.

Deputy Donnelly said the officials told him that how the Government meets its targets, however, is a matter for them.

People before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the Troika could give no answer as to how the people of Ireland would benefit from the EU deal, which was struck last week.

He said it was clear their approach in the crisis is to continue their focus on protecting and propping up the banks.