TAOISEACH Enda Kenny promised a "patently fair" process for home repossessions with new laws in the pipeline to be used only as a last resort.
Mr Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said the Government will accelerate attempts to tackle the mortgage crisis as banks move to deal with the problem.
Marking the Coalition's second anniversary in office, the two men pledged to ensure that most families were offered sustainable solutions by next year.
"I want to make it clear that the taking of houses from people is something we do not want to see and the banks themselves would see it only as a last resort," said the Taoiseach.
"We don't have direction over this. But what is important is that we put in place a process that is transparent and that is patently fair for people."
The Taoiseach claimed the plan for economic recovery was working.