The Troika has said Ireland must stick to its plans to reduce the deficit, according to Sinn Féin.

After a meeting with Troika officials this afternoon, Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty said he had made the case for changing course and moving away from austerity.

But he said the officials made it clear the Government must stick to the targets set in the bailout plan.

Mr Doherty also said they made it clear it was the Government, not the Troika, which set the target for €300m in savings on payroll from Croke Park II.