Efforts are continuing in a bid to break the deadlock between the Government and public service unions on the Croke Park II proposals.

Today the Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey was briefed by the Government on its position.

It is understood the Government continues to insist that the savings totalling €1bn by 2015 must be secured from payroll rather than from taxation or the proceeds of the promissory note deal.

The LRC has now drawn up a schedule of meetings with individual unions and representative bodies in a bid to find workable alternative proposals to secure the required savings.

The Government has given the LRC two weeks to establish if there is a basis for a negotiated settlement.

It has previously warned that it will legislate for pay cuts averaging 7% if a deal is not reached.