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2 – 8 November

ISME featured in the media


Abbey Hotel Roscommon Facebook, 04/11/19
Tonight’s Insurance Reform public forum at the Abbey Hotel.
Insurance Reform Public Forum hosted by Eugene Murphy TD with guests speakers including Chief Executive of ISME Neil McDonnell, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise & Innovation Robert Troy TD and CEO of Supermacs Pat McDonagh.
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Insurance reform  in the media


The Irish Times, 02/11/19
Insurance sector reform inches along with move on premium advice
It doesn’t seem like a lot but it has been a long time coming. Insurers are finally having to remind private motorists what they paid last year at the same time as they advise them on the following year’s premiums. At least, if you’re a private motorist they will. But it doesn’t extend (yet anyway) to commercial drivers or homeowners.
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The Independent, 02/11/19
Customers ‘won’t save a cent’ from the tweaks to motor policy quotes
New rules on motor insurance renewals won’t save overcharged customers a single cent, consumer advocates say. Critics of dual pricing in the industry – where loyal customers are quoted worse rates than potential new customers – say the Central Bank has moved far too slowly and minimally to protect consumer rights.
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The Independent, 03/11/19
‘If you’re injured, then I’m injured’ – Woman filmed jogging despite €60,000 claim for crash injuries
A WOMAN who lost a €60,000 injury claim after she was filmed jogging says too many people are taking civil cases in Ireland. Esther Lamidi (35) had her Circuit Civil Court action thrown out two years ago after a judge said she had “not just exaggerated her complaints but was telling blatant lies” in her case against Zurich Insurance and motorist John Lowry following a car crash in Dublin city centre.
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The Times, 03/11/19
Red card for broken nose card – Judge rejects young footballer’s €60,000 damages claim over injury caused by referee’s
The Circuit Court has dismissed a schoolboy footballer’s claim for up to €60,000 in damages after a 72-year-old referee accidentally broke his nose during a match. Judge John O’Connor said he had no hesitation in dismissing the case after he heard the evidence last Tuesday.
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The Irish Times, 05/11/19
Depression linked to little finger injury made garda leave force for €10 years
Man sought €310,000 in lost earnings but received €75,000 damages in High Court. A former garda sued the State for more than €310,000 in lost earnings after leaving the force 10 years early because of depression linked to an injury to his little finger suffered while deporting a person.
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The Irish Times, 05/11/19
Lawyers have ‘financial incentive’ not to settle garda injury cases, judge says
Lawyers are the ‘only winners’ from all compensation cases being heard in High Court. A judge has criticised lawyers for refusing to settle compensation cases taken by members of An Garda Síochána against the State, saying it is in their interests to take part in costly High Court hearings.
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BreakingNews.ie, 05/11/19
Judge takes swipe at lawyers over refusal to settle even a single garda compensation claim
A judge has taken another swipe at lawyers who, he said, with the ongoing approval of successive governments, continue to refuse to settle garda compensation claims before they get to court. Mr Justice Michael Twomey, who quickly won himself the nickname “Tombstone” among the legal fraternity for his swingeing cuts in awards and critical references to high costs, has now set out practice regulations that have shaken lawyers engaged in garda compensation claims.
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The Irish Examiner, 07/11/19
€35m spent on garda compo claims in 5 years
The cost of work-related compensation claims from gardaí in the last five years was €35m, nearly a quarter of which was in legal fees. Figures released by the Department of Justice show that one in 10 gardaí had a claim processed since 2015.
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