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30 September – 4 October

ISME featured in the media

THURSDAY

The Independent, 03/10/19
Regulator asked to probe lawyers’ handling of insurance claims
The body that represents and regulates solicitors has been called on to investigate how some of its members act in personal injuries cases. The call to investigate the profession comes after a High Court judge issued a judgement criticising the actions of a solicitor, a barrister and a medical consultant, and warned them of the risk of their services being used to facilitate the bringing of fraudulent claims.
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FRIDAY

BBC World News, 04/10/19
ISME CEO Neil McDonnell discussed the latest proposal from Boris Johnson and the UK on Brexit and the border, with BBC World News correspondent Geeta Guru-Murthy, live in Trinity College Dublin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insurance reform in the media

MONDAY 

RTE News, 30/09/19
Insurance Ireland in call over reform of personal injury awards
Insurance Ireland has called on Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to immediately begin the process that will lead to the recalibration of personal injury awards here. The organisation says that until key sections of the Judicial Council Act are put into effect to enable the establishment of the council and its Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee, the process of reforming awards cannot take place.
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The Irish Times, 30/09/19
Nine special schools get emergency funds for insurance 
‘A number’ of other schools have applied for extra funding over spiralling insurance costs. Nine special education schools received emergency funding from the State because they were threatened with closure as a result of spiralling insurance costs, the Department of Education has said.
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Irish Examiner, 30/09/19
Sinn Féin targets insurance and childcare in alternative budget
Sinn Féin has targeted insurance and childcare costs in their alternative budget proposals for 2020. The budget, which will be launched on Tuesday but has been seen by the PA news agency, will seek to lift the tax-free status on banks, and close loopholes to put the state’s finances into surplus.
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BreakingNews.ie, 30/09/19
Sinn Féin targets insurance and childcare in alternative budget
Sinn Féin has targeted insurance and childcare costs in their alternative budget proposals for 2020. The budget, which will be launched on Tuesday but has been seen by the PA news agency, will seek to lift the tax-free status on banks, and close loopholes to put the state’s finances into surplus.
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InsuranceBusinessmag, 30/09/19
Insurance Ireland calls for government to start personal injury reform process
Industry body Insurance Ireland wants Ireland’s Department of Justice to start the process that will lead to the recalibration of personal injury awards. The organisation has called on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to put key sections of the Judicial Council Act to effect in order to enable the establishment of the council and its Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee, according to RTÉ News.
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TUESDAY

Fianna Fáil, 01/10/19
Urgent reform needed by Government to halt spiralling insurance costs – Lahart
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin John Lahart has called on the Government to urgently address the spiralling costs of Insurance before more businesses are forced to close. A report from IPB Insurance has indicated ‘Slips and Trips’ claims are up 820% against Dublin City Council in recent years.
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The Independent, 01/10/19
Minister under fire for progress on injury awards
A group representing under-pressure insurance policyholders has questioned why Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has not signed a key measure to begin the process of lowering personal injuries awards. The Alliance for Insurance Reform is concerned motorists, businesses and community groups will continue to be under huge strain unless moves to recalibrate injuries awards are put in place
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WEDNESDAY

Irish Mirror, 02/10/19
Hundreds of victims scammed by ‘Ghost Broker’ car insurance fraud over the past three years 
The “middle men” who claim to represent companies have pocketed hundreds of thousands of euro selling fake policies. A “Ghost Broker” car insurance ring has scammed hundreds of victims in the past three years, it has emerged.
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THURSDAY

The Independent, 03/10/19
€170k awarded in case where €80 damage done to car bumper – Oireachtas hears about insurance payouts
Insurance premiums won’t fall significantly until Ireland stops being a country where fraudsters can stage accidents with impunity, company chiefs have told an Oireachtas committee. Executives from AIG, Aviva and Zurich rejected accusations that their companies enjoyed exceptional profits from Ireland’s prevailing high premiums.
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The Independent, 03/10/19
Chief Justice criticises Government over failure to nominate judges to Court of Appeal
The Chief Justice has sharply criticised the Government’s failure to nominate new judges to the enlarged Court of Appeal, saying many cases scheduled for the coming months now face being delayed. Legislation to increase the number of judges on the court from ten to 16 was signed into law last July in a bid to address long waiting times and improve the efficiency of the appeals process.
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RTE News, 03/10/19
Personal injury awards attracting fraudulent claims – Aviva
Personal injury awards that are multiples of other European countries are a “magnate” for people to come to this country with no other purpose but to commit insurance fraud, an Oireachtas committee has heard.
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FRIDAY

The Independent, 04/10/19
Premiums won’t fall until fraudsters are stopped, insurance chiefs claim
Insurance premiums won’t fall significantly until Ireland stops allowing fraudsters to stage accidents with impunity, company chiefs have claimed. Executives from AIG, Aviva and Zurich rejected accusations that their companies enjoyed exceptional profits from their high premiums.
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THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES FROM THE IRN

Plane refueller with ‘no clear knowledge’ of retirement age wins case
A former plane refueler with Tedcastles Aviation has won €5,000 for age discrimination, over his mandatory retirement at the age of 65.
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Significant UK ‘gig economy’ case referred to Court Justice of EU 
The referral to the CJEU of the case of a London courier challenging his ‘self-employed’ status, could have consequences for UK employment law and for the ‘gig economy’ in general.
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Dismissal justified despite procedural imperfections, Court finds
The Labour Court has upheld a decision to dismiss a warehouse operative, following his alleged removal of a soft drink from a tray of drinks which were being loaded for distribution.
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