396. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the commitment in the programme for Government to help homeowners in distress; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9971/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Statement of Government Priorities 2014-2016 provided for a review of the personal insolvency legislation, to ensure that it can work effectively to support those who are struggling with unsustainable debt, including mortgage arrears.
The Government is working on a range of proposals to address these issues, and I am currently engaging with my colleague the Minister for Finance to review the outcomes of the recent review and to identify possible changes to the personal insolvency legislation.
The Taoiseach has already stated that announcements on these matters will be made in the coming weeks.