Alan Kelly was speaking ahead of this morning's Cabinet meeting - where Ministers will sign off on plans to delay all charges until January.
The new regime is understood to be capped for at least four years - and will see single-adult homes pay 76 euro per year - with households of two or more adults paying 176.
Alan Kelly won't comment on those reports - but says he believes the changes will end public anger.
Last night the Taoiseach found himself at the centre of the latest scuffles arising out of a protest in Sligo.
Hundreds of people turned out for a demonstration as Enda Kenny arrived for an event, with some surrounding his car, and one man climbing on the bonnet.
One woman was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.
He spoke to reporters about the incident on the way into the Cabinet meeting this morning: