The Minister for Communications has said he's "deeply concerned" that calls to an adult chat line are being inadvertently connected to some homes in Co Mayo.

Denis Naughten was responding to complaints by a number of residents in Westport that they are receiving calls from people trying to contact models on the UK-based Babestation satellite television channel.

The station operates a premium rate phone service with the 0982 prefix for British callers.

It appears some Irish viewers are calling this number and being connected to homes in the west Mayo area which have an 098 prefix.

The matter was first raised with the Department of Communications by the Minister for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, last year.

He says locals are frustrated that the problem persists.

While the Department, the communications regulator Comreg and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have all been contacted about the matter, they are powerless to intervene as the channel operates from - and is regulated in - the UK.

Comreg says it is aware of the mix-up and is working with the UK's Phone Paid Services Authority (PSA) to bring about a solution.

It has ruled out a glitch in the telephone infrastructure, where calls were inadvertently being channelled to the local numbers.

Comreg says it is confident that the mix-up stems from the omission of the international dial code.

However it also points out that it is not possible - even by adding the international prefix - to dial a UK Premium rate service from the Republic of Ireland.

In a statement this afternoon, Babestation said it was aware of the difficulties and was working to address the problem.

"Babestation recognise this as an innocent misunderstanding and they are extremely aware that disappointed callers in Ireland, whose intention it was to speak to one of the Babestation girls, may have inadvertently reached homes on the west coast of Ireland," the statement read.

It is understood the broadcaster is examining the possibility of using other numbers that would not conflict with Irish landlines.