The Minister for Financial Services and Insurance,
In relation to the implementation of the Motor Report, 31 of the 33 recommendations, or 69 of the 71 actions, have either been completed, are categorised as "ongoing", or have been concluded. These reforms are having a significant impact with regard to private motor insurance with CSO figures from
While good progress has also been made on the implementation of the Employer/Public Liability Report (13 of the 14 recommendations, 27 of the 28 actions due by the end of Q2 2019 have been completed, are "ongoing" or completed), the Minister of State acknowledges that the cost of insurance remains an issue for small businesses and voluntary groups, and in this context, the passing by the Oireachtas of the Judicial Council Bill on 9 July, marks an important moment.
There has been significant work over the last 6 months in implementing the recommendations of the two reports including the following:
the passing of the Judicial Council Bill by the Oireachtas on 9 July in order to implement the recommendation of the
the establishment of the National Claims Information Database in the
reforms to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board through the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (Amendment) Act 2019;
commencement of the amendments to Sections 8 and 14 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 to make it easier for businesses and insurers to challenge cases where fraud or exaggeration is suspected;
various reforms of how fraud is reported to and dealt with by An Garda Siochana, including increased co-ordination with the insurance industry, as well as the recent decision by the Garda Commissioner to develop a divisional focus on insurance fraud which will be guided by the
In addition, the
Minister of State D'Arcy said
"Much progress has been made, in particular with regard to motor insurance, however I acknowledge that there is still much work to do particularly in relation to the cost and availability of insurance for small businesses, and voluntary/community groups.
I am of the view that the single most essential challenge which must be overcome if there is to be a sustainable reduction in insurance costs is to bring the levels of personal injury damages awarded in this country more in line with those awarded in other jurisdictions. In order to implement the
Now that the Bill has been passed, it will be a matter for the Judiciary to put in place the