Thursday, 28 November 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
The high cost of insurance is crippling businesses and the speed at which the Government is dealing with this issue is pathetic. In October 2018, the Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill unanimously passed Second Stage in this Dáil. This Bill would tackle the scourge of insurance fraud, which is driving up premiums. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Flanagan, indicated in March 2019 that he would return to the Dáil and decide whether a money message for this Bill would be signed or not. Six months later, we are still awaiting clarification on whether the Minister, Deputy Flanagan, will sign this money message. I wrote to him two weeks ago and he replied to say he is looking into it. I do not know if the Government realises how serious the cost of insurance is. The delay the Government is presiding over is having a detrimental effect on business and will result in large-scale business closures and job losses if members of the Government do not get the finger out and adopt the sensible proposals coming from this side of the House that have support on all sides of the House.