Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is confident Ireland will secure a deal on the Anglo Irish Bank promissory note before the end of March, when the next €3bn repayment is due to be made.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week programme, Mr Kenny said it was a "very complex, highly technical" issue that the Government had been negotiating for the past 18 months.

Mr Kenny also has ruled out any Cabinet reshuffle this year.

He said his party colleague, Minister of Health James Reilly, was doing a good job, but said he had an "enormous amount of work to do".

On the abortion issue, Mr Kenny said he was adamant that terminations would not be made available "on demand" in Ireland.

The Taoiseach was also asked about the ongoing disturbances over the Union flag controversy.

He said they were "destroying the economy of Northern Ireland and the reputation of Belfast".

Mr Kenny said the violence must not be allowed destroy the good work done since the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.