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ISME slams playground closure over compensation claim


  • Insurance premium increases from €2,500 to €8,300 for community amenity in Carlow
  • Personal injuries system is broken and needs radical overhaul
  • Reform process stalled by aggressive lobbying from legal sector
  • Legislative cap on general damages should be introduced immediately

 ISME, the Irish SME Association today (2nd January) expresses its great disappointment at the temporary closure of the Tinryland Park in Carlow, due to an impending compensation claim, and we hope it is possible to reopen the facility in the near future.

The park, which is a not-for-profit civic amenity hosting an astro pitch, a tennis court and a children’s playground, has had to close because it cannot afford its insurance renewal. The community has been notified of an increase in their insurance premium from €2,500 to €8,300, a sum the small village cannot afford for what is a free-to-use facility.

Commenting on this latest insurance fiasco, ISME CEO Neil McDonnell stated:

 “Following on from the settlement announced in December of ‘cash for ash’ where a schoolboy got €5,000 when ashes from Ash Wednesday remained on his forehead for more than 24 hours, the case of Tinryland Park in Carlow shows that our personal injuries system is broken, and in need of radical and immediate overhaul.”

 Speaking on the effect personal injuries awards are having on all aspects of Irish life, the ISME CEO noted:

 “The reform process has stalled in the face of aggressive lobbying by the legal sector. We need a legislative cap on general damages to be introduced immediately. The Minister for Justice needs to get the Judicial Council over the line, and needs to initiate a dialogue with the judiciary about the chilling effect personal injuries awards are having on all aspects of Irish life, society, and health.”

Mr. McDonnell concluded:

“2019 cannot be another year of reports, studies and committees. This year, we need to see action on insurance reform.”



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