Thursday, 7 November 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh (Atógáil) - Questions on Promised Legislation (Resumed)
Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
The problem of insurance for many businesses has been mentioned in earlier contributions. Senator Ó Céidigh brought forward a Bill, the Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018, and it has passed through the Seanad. This will ensure that claimants are under an obligation to tell the whole truth, and if they do not there will be serious consequences. The Government has indicated its willingness to accept that Bill and bring it into the Dáil, but that has yet to happen. Last night the Dáil business finished at 7.45 p.m. and it was scheduled to run until 10.30 p.m. What is the delay and why is the Government failing to prioritise insurance reform? There is legislation there. The Government has indicated that it would facilitate the passage of this legislation in the Dáil, and yet we are still waiting to see that happen. When can we expect to have that legislation in the House? It will not alleviate the problem but it will help deal with some of the fictitious claims that are out there at present.