This follows a review by the Department of its Independent Financial Advice Service, set up as part of the of the Mortgage Arrears Information and Advice Service.
The review found just 200 people had used the Advice Service in the last 12 months.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland earlier this week David Hall, Director of the Irish Mortgage-Holders Organisation, said the service did not help those in mortgage-arrears who were trying to engage with banks, and were completing standard financial statements.
Mr Hall said the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) should be used to set up a statutory stand-alone agency to protect the interests of debtors.
Commenting on a report by the credit ratings agency Fitch, which predicted that 20% of those in arrears will have their homes repossessed, Mr Hall said this was a long-standing issue which had been woefully and pathetically handled by all parties concerned.
He said he believed an element of selective repossession would take place whereby if a debtor had a house in a part of the country which would be less attractive for a bank to reposes and sell, banks would seek different restructuring options.