Troika officials began their second post-bailout mission to Ireland today to monitor the country's progress after the financial crisis.

Top of the agenda for the representatives of the IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank will be the repayment of bailout loans.

The week-long mission will be more low-key than previous visits to Ireland, which included high profile press conferences.

The Troika officials will meet teams from the Central Bank, Department of Finance, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the NTMA and NAMA.
There will be no meetings with Government ministers.

The Troika continues to highlight concerns about Ireland's high unemployment, large public and private debt, and very high non-performing loans.

The officials have been monitoring Ireland's efforts to reduce the deficit and bring down the national debt.

Following the Troika's last mission in June, the IMF said: "Stronger efforts should focus on a timely resolution of distressed mortgages and SME loans, and should be broadened to include impaired commercial and real estate loans."

The IMF said it encouraged further efforts to help long-term unemployed return to work by ensuring jobseekers received training that meets the needs of employers.