Ireland will not support debt relief for Greece, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
Government spokesman later clarified that the Taoiseach meant that the Government would not support a debt write-down for Greece.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan has repeatedly said that while the Irish government would not back debt write-downs for the country, it would be prepared to accommodate it in other ways to make its debt more sustainable.
Ahead of a meeting of European leaders in Brussels, Mr Kenny said it will be difficult to conclude talks on a Greek debt deal today, saying he believed it would go into the weekend.
Eurozone finance ministers - including Michael Noonan - have been discussing a proposal today to secure a deal, but Greece has not backed it. The Eurogroup meeting ended this afternoon with no deal.