Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality

Access to Justice and Legal Costs: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent)
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I thank Dr. Doherty.

I will now move to questions to Insurance Ireland. I have read Mr. Hassett's submission in detail. I like to deal in facts. There is an absence of fact generally in the Insurance Ireland submission. Reference is made in the submission to there being a "suspicion" that very often seeking leave to adjourn may be used as lever in negotiation. I do not believe the word "suspicion" should be referenced in a submission. It should be based on facts. I have some questions for Mr. Hassett in regard to the narrative of Insurance Ireland. Does that narrative change following the publication of the Central Bank's report? I agree there are many nuances in the report such that it requires a second reading and that I have read it only once.