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12 – 18 October

ISME featured in the media


The Independent, 12/10/19
Public sector pay bill to jump €1bn next year as workforce to hit 410,000
The bill for public sector pay and pensions is set to rise by more than €1bn to a new peak next year. Wages for State workers and payments to pensioners will hit a combined total of €23bn. The pay bill is expected to increase by just under 5pc, or €925m, to €19.6bn. Pension costs will jump 5.2pc, or €166m, to €3.3bn.
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The Independent, 14/10/19
Lawyers warning injury clients about private investigations and social media
Some personal injury solicitors are now warning clients about private investigators – and telling them to set their social media accounts to private as “photos can lead to very difficult questions”. As Ireland continues to suffer from the effects of a claims culture and ongoing insurance crisis, we reveal how some solicitor firms are now advising clients about private investigators.
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SupplyChain News.ie, 17/10/19
The People and Purpose at ISME Annual Conference
Our Press Release on the Tricky times ahead for Irish SMEs, ISME’s Annual Conference will tackle some of these issues, on SupplyChain News.ie
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Insurance reform in the media


The Sunday Business Post, 13/10/19
Reform of insurance industry is coming – but slowly. 
Three major probes are taking place into the industry, while a Judicial Council will come into being next year that will establish personal injury claim guidelines for all. Reform by its nature, is often incremental and always much slower than those pushing hardest for it can tolerate.
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DrinksIndustryIreland.ie, 14/10/19
Alliance welcomes budget funding for Gardai and Judicial Council
The Alliance for Insurance Reform has welcomed the additional funds committed to the Department of Justice (€39 million) and An Garda Síochána (€81 million) in Budget 2020 but has expressed concern regarding a comment about the timing of the Judicial Council, made by the Minister for Finance in his Budget speech.
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The Journal.ie, 15/10/19
Referendum on insurance payouts can’t be ruled out if reforms don’t work, says Varadkar
The Taoiseach said the insurance industry must play its part in decreasing premiums. A referendum on capping insurance payouts can’t be ruled out in the future if reforms of the industry fail, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today. He told the Dáil that a “huge issue” remains when it comes to reducing the cost of public liability insurance for business and voluntary organisations.
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WLR FM, 18/10/19
Waterford parents enquired about insurance cover before sending children to birthday parties
The minister responsible for insurance reform has hit out at parents who look for insurance cover when they’re sending their children to birthday parties. Families in Waterford this week complained to WLR that some mothers had enquired if a house had liability insurance before sending their six-year-old kids to a party there.
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