Unconscionable that Government continues to obstruct FF bill to tackle fraudulent insurance claims – Troy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Robert Troy TD has said it is unconscionable that Government continues to obstruct his party’s bill to clamp down on fraudulent insurance claims.

Deputy Troy said, „My colleague Billy Kelleher MEP passed the Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2018 at Second Stage unanimously in October 2018. However, the government is showing insufficient priority and ignoring the will of Dáil Éireann and consumers by failing to progress this legalisation.

„This bill is a concrete, constructive proposal that attempts to tackle the scourge of insurance fraud which is driving premiums up.

„It seeks to amend section 26 of the 2004 Act and to provide that where a court dismisses a case on the basis that it is a fraudulent action, the court must refer the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions. It would also mandate that legal costs be paid by the claimant.

„While we acknowledge the right of genuine claimants to fair compensation, false and misleading claims have negative consequences for Irish policyholders and further drive up the cost of insurance premiums.

„Last March, Minister Flanagan indicted that Government would bring forward a memorandum with a decision on progressing the Bill or not by the end of that month.

„Alarmingly, I’m very disappointed that such a memorandum has still not been brought forward despite the commitment that this would be completed some eight months ago.

„This is yet another example of the Government making promises but not delivering. They are showing absolutely no interest in timely insurance reform as consumers and businesses struggle with escalating premiums.

„I have written to Minister Flanagan this week asking him to confirm when a decision will be made with respect to the Bill. I also asked him not to ignore the will of the Dáil.

„Insurance fraudsters need to tackled by Government using all legislative means. The buck stops with the Minister and his government colleagues”, concluded Deputy Troy.

Fianna Fáil

Robert Troy TD

Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise & Innovation

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