Mortgage applications for people with diabetes are being put on hold for six or 12 months as mortgage protection insurance has been refused, the Dáil has heard.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe pledged to engage with banks about cases where borrowers cannot draw down their mortgages because they are refused mortgage protection insurance due to health conditions that could make them more susceptible to Covid-19.

He told Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty that the issue had been raised by a number of TDs and constituents in recent days.

“While I can’t instruct the banks with regard to this I will engage with them on this matter because I know in what is such a difficult time for so many, these decisions can make

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