Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Regarding the programme for Government commitment to alleviate pressures in respect of increased insurance costs, those costs have gone up to become a full-blown crisis in several sectors. I have been contacted by representatives of Naíonra Chaitlín Maude in my own constituency, which cannot secure insurance for January 2020. I have the quotes here which refer to double and treble the costs for next year. Killinarden Community Centre is facing closure because of the cost of insurance for the centre. It is used by after-school clubs, youth clubs and senior citizens' groups and others. The insurance cost has risen from €8,000 in 2011 to €34,500 this year. That is a rise of some 300%. The community centre is in a disadvantaged area and is being crowdfunded. The future of Fettercairn Youth Horse Project is under threat after its public insurance increased by almost 500% this year, from €8,520 to €42,000 in February 2020. That is not sustainable and those are only a couple of examples. I can give a list of more cases, if the Taoiseach wants them. This is clearly not working. We need to step in and do something about this issue.