Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that he would find it "quite incredible" that anyone would be forced to give up work as part of an insolvency settlement.
It follows reports banks would demand where the second income in a home was less than the cost of childcare, that a parent would stay at home to mind the children.
Speaking on the campaign trail in Meath East this afternoon, the Taoiseach said that he would not agree with such a measure.
"This is a country where the Government is unashamedly focused on making arrangements for an atmosphere and an environment where jobs can be created," he said.
"People have a right to work. People have a right to earn money, to raise their families in the best way possible.
"I would find it quite incredible that somebody will say: 'You are required to give up work in order to meet these charges'."