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Backbench TDs would welcome the Troika back... as long as they're on their holidays

“They are quite satisfied that their job is done here in Ireland,” one Fine Gael backbencher said after a meeting with the Troika this morning.

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FINE GAEL AND Labour backbenchers had a “good, frank” conversation with officials from the Troika this morning in Dublin.

Speaking after the meeting at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy said the Troika of officials from the EU, IMF and ECB were “very clear” that availing of a precautionary credit line after the bailout would be a matter for the Irish government.

“They are quite satisfied that their job is done here in Ireland,” Murphy said.

The meeting was the first time government backbenchers have met with Troika officials since Ireland entered the bailout three years ago.

Labour TD Kevin Humphreys said that it wasn’t a case of “good riddance” but that he would like to see the officials come back to Ireland on holidays “rather than as a supervisor for the Irish State”.

“I’d welcome them back on holidays,” he said. “I’d welcome them back to see the All Blacks playing in Lansdowne Road.

“But I don’t necessarily ever want to see that we would ever have to bring foreign powers back into this country to tell us what we have to do.”

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