A GROUP OF backbench TDs will meet officials from the Troika today – the first time anyone outside the cabinet or heads of the opposition has had such a meeting.
The group, which will be led by Fine Gael’s Dara Murphy, will meet Troika officials in the Department of Finance in a move that heralds a change of procedure for the Troika – in their last visit to Ireland.
Fine Gael’s Sean Conlan and Tony Lawlor will also be in attendance, as will Labour’s Kevin Humphreys and Arthur Spring.
Murphy said the meeting was of importance because it ensured another set of voices would be heard.
“It is important that ordinary representatives from the country’s two largest political parties have an opportunity to meet with Troika officials, to express our views and reflect our democratic mandate.
Our discussions will focus around our exit from the bailout and the conditions which would be attached to any cautionary credit line. I am also keen to hear the views of the Troika on what Ireland can learn from the bailout process.
“As this is the last Troika mission before the conclusion of the bailout, it is important that we garner advice on how to ensure we never have to enter a programme of assistance again.”
Troika officials will conclude their 12th and final visit to Ireland this week.