Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD, said tonight’s joint statement from the Taoiseach and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel appears to be positive but called on the Government to outline what it is actually seeking from Europe.

Deputy Martin commented: “I am glad that the Taoiseach put aside his dismissive attitude from earlier in the week and eventually telephoned Angela Merkel today to speak to her directly about the importance of Ireland’s legacy debt being examined and dealt with by the EU.

“There is an urgent need for confidence to be brought back into this process. It is crucial that plain language and clear explanations are used so that the Irish people are fully aware of what the Government is seeking and what is agreed at EU Meetings. 

“Even the communique released tonight is far from clear. It reaffirms the June agreement, but German sources have spent the last week briefing that this agreement did not mean what the Irish Government had claimed it meant. We need to hear, in straightforward language, what the Government is seeking and what Europe means when describing Ireland as a special case.”