No easing of Croke Park stance after debt deal, says Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out easing the reforms demanded by the Government in any new Croke Park Agreement as a result of yesterday's promissory note deal.

The Taoiseach insisted that a new Croke Park deal is part of the Government's plan to reduce Ireland's deficit to below three per cent by 2015 as was the agreement with the troika.

Speaking in Brussels after the completion of an extraordinary European Council meeting, the Taoiseach said there can be no complacency in new Croke Park negotiations.

"A new Croke Park deal with the unions - these negotiations are at a delicate stage, and obviously we'd like to see them concluded, if possible before the end of February" he said.

"Clearly, there are challenges there, and I think that people understand that.

"But there can be no sense of complacency or easing back on the situation that's faces us here, Minister Noonan has made that perfectly clear."

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