The Irish Government should look to its Greek counterpart for some lessons in hard negotiation skills, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan said today.
The Independent MEP was speaking ahead of today's meeting of Eurozone finance ministers in Brussels.
Mr Flanagan said that Greece's new governing party, Syriza, is trying hard to secure more debt leniency for the Greeks.
He said that the Irish Government should have taken a similar stance and fought much harder for a better deal on its bank debts.
"The Irish Government are like that young man who looked across the dancefloor every night, every week he went out, and never asked the lady to dance across the hall," he said.
"Maybe he might have been refused, but unfortunately, the way Enda is going about it, he'll die wondering whether he would ever have got the dance.
"You've got to ask - and we're not even asking. We've got to learn from Greece - at least they're asking."