The St Vincent de Paul has said the Government and the Troika are not listening to groups advocating on behalf of vulnerable people in Irish society.

Vice-president Tom MacSweeney said a reply written on behalf of European Central Bank president Mario Draghi to a letter from the charity "showed a sense of unreality" about the situation of poorer people in Ireland, as austerity continues.

He said the ECB indicated that it was not possible to exclude even the most vulnerable groups from “sharing the burden”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr MacSweeney also said Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton had declined to meet representatives of the organisation on their pre-budget submission.