Minister of State Sean Sherlock has acknowledged failures in the way the Government communicated the decision to include large numbers of former ghost estates in the Local Property Tax.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, Mr Sherlock said the Government made a "mess" of communicating how the exemptions would work.

Mr Sherlock also rejected reports in the Sunday Business Post that working mothers seeking deals with their banks over debt could be forced to give up work.

Mr Sherlock said he does not foresee mothers being forced to stay at home if their income fails to cover their childcare costs under the terms of the new Personal Insolvency Service.