Smith raises need to tackle insurance costs with Minister


Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Brendan Smith, says not enough is being done to tackle rising insurance costs.

Deputy Smith commented, “I have raised with the Minister once again my grave concerns regarding the progress being made by the proposals implemented by the Cost of Insurance Working Group.

“Businesses, fairs, marts, and citizens are all feeling the cost of rising insurance costs.

 “Fianna Fáil is the only party which is pushing the insurance reform agenda and has brought forward the majority of legislation relating to insurance during this Dáil term.

 “Our Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2019 will ensure that those who bring fraudulent claims will have to pay the legal expenses for the defendant – this would at least ensure that they will not walk away scot-free when they are convicted.

 “If the Government were determined to tackle this problem they would implement plans for a personal injury claims database which would go some way to curtail fraudulent insurance claims and they would adapt the Fianna Fáil Bill to deter fraudsters in the first place. This would go some way to bringing down insurance claims”, concluded Deputy Smith.

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