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20th – 26th July

ISME featured in the media


The Independent, 25/07/19
Election-time warning to TDs over insurance
Business lobby group ISME has warned that politicians who don’t take insurance reform seriously will suffer at the ballot box. The revelations about the now-abandoned personal injury case – taken by Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey against a Dublin Hotel after she fell off a swing – coincided with a debate on claims culture.
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Insurance reform in the media


The Journal.ie, 22/07/19
Government admits its hand are tied even as leisure sector warns of insurance ‘crisis’
The government has admitted that it has limited options to help secure the future of the Irish leisure industry, after insurance provider Leisure Insure announced that it was withdrawing from the Irish market.
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Irish Examiner, 22/07/19
Government insurance report – Scale of costs questioned 
It requires the blind optimism of a Sligo football supporter dreaming of bringing Sam Maguire on a visit to Benbulben to imagine the Irish Banking Culture Board, an “independent industry initiative” funded by five banks will lead to customer-friendly reforms.
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The Independent, 25/07/19
Oktoberfest cancelled over insurance hikes
Popular beer festival Oktoberfest has axed its Dublin event this year due to “unprecedented increases” in its insurance premium.The festival was due to take place on George’s Dock, beside the IFSC, from September 14 until October 6.
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Herald.ie, 25/07/19
Little to cheer as claim culture blamed for decision to cancel Oktoberfest 2019
In a statement released yesterday, organisers blamed “a claim culture that has developed in Ireland” for the cancellation. “As much as we love coming to Dublin and doing our event with you guys, the 2019 event cannot go ahead due to unprecedented increases in our insurance premium,” it read.
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Brexit and Ireland in the media


RTE, 26/07/19
Taoiseach reiterates backstop must be in Brexit deal
The Taoiseach has reiterated that there will not be an agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union without a backstop.Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, Leo Varadkar said he looked forward to meeting and congratulating new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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The Independent, 26/07/19
Brexit: Where does Boris Johnson’s cabinet stand on the Irish border question?
Boris Johnson was previously caught on tape dismissing the Irish question. “It’s so small and there are so few firms that actually use that Border regularly. It’s just beyond belief that we’re allowing the tail to wag the dog in this way. We’re allowing the whole of our agenda to be dictated by this folly,” he said.
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The Irish Times, 26/07/19
‘We’re in a perfect storm at the minute between no government and Brexit’
Brexit Proof Q&A: Dr Mark McKinney, managing director, ATG Group.
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‘Defamatory’ comments about HR manager led to unfair dismissal
A warehouse operator has been awarded €20,000 at the WRC, which found he was unfairly dismissed over a “gross misconduct” charge that followed comments he made about his former employer’s HR manager at a ‘town hall’ meeting of employees.
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WRC upholds dismissal of manager of disability centres
There were substantial grounds for the dismissal of the manager of two residential centres for adults with disabilities – and the process leading to his dismissal was “both very comprehensive and fair” – a WRC adjudicator has found.
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No adverse affect of Living Wage introduction in Northern Ireland
A new study finds “no clear evidence” of an impact on jobs with the 2016 introduction of the statutory National Living Wage in Northern Ireland, in contrast to a mild negative impact on jobs that occurred prior to the introduction of the UK National Minimum Wage.
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