Dáil debates

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

2:35 pm

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

The Taoiseach stands accused again of completely spinning on behalf of the industry. Will he, if he has read the report, accept table No. 14? Does he accept that motor insurance premiums have increased every year since 2016? Will he accept that the number of people who are making claims has reduced by 40% and personal injury claims reduced by 20%, facts which dispute the compo culture argument?

Again, he misdiagnosed the issue concerning the childcare sector. If the Government was actually monitoring this properly, it would know that the Hyde and Seek scandal has led to a serious issue with insurance. There was a High Court injunction which prevented the insurance company from withdrawing its insurance policy to the four crèches. There are 53 cases being taken against this insurance company because of what happened within that sector. These are issues which were not revealed by Tusla or any regulation but by good investigative journalism. It was not because of the high levels of award. It was because this area was completely unregulated and because of all the factors were exposed by the “RTÉ Investigates” programme.


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