Taoiseach Enda Kenny says Ireland's exit from the bailout must be "sustainable and durable".
Mr Kenny is briefing EU colleagues in Brussels on the preparations for exiting the bailout in December.
"The question is how to do that in the most sustainable and durable fashion is what we have to consider," he said.
Mr Kenny said the promise to address Ireland's legacy bank debt still stands and has been repeated on a number of occasions.
"That is a fundamental principle adopted by the European Council on a number of occasions now. I want to see that followed through because that presents another option for Ireland and indeed for other countries. So it is a case of the European Council following through on the decisions that it makes," he said.