The Taoiseach has admitted that his promise not to increase income tax in the Budget is dependent on the say-so of the IMF.
Enda Kenny said the previous government committed to increasing income tax each year for the duration of the bailout deal and that promise will have to be renegotiated.
Earlier this year Mr Kenny, promised not to hike up income tax and not to cut social welfare rates in December's budget.
But in the Dáil he has admitted that it will be up to the EU and the IMF to allow the Government to fulfill that pledge.
"This is a matter that has to be renegotiated by the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure with the Troika," he said.