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ISME welcome Perjury and Related Offences Bill

ISME, the Irish SME Association today (18th October) expressed delight at the introduction of the Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018.

The bill was introduced by Senator Pádraig Ó’Céidigh and co-sponsored by Senator Michael McDowell, Senator Ian Marshall, and Senator Victor Boyhan. The second stage debate will take place on 24th October.

Speaking today, ISME CEO Neil McDonnell said:

“We have campaigned for more than a year for the introduction of a statutory offence. It is a disgrace that our courts are weekly hosts to a tragicomedy of lies, told in order to extort damages from innocent motorists, business owners and householders for false or exaggerated personal injuries.

 Of course a statutory offence of perjury will not eliminate these claims, but it will place dishonest claimants in real moral hazard when they go before a judge. We also look forward to the impact a robust perjury statute will have in tackling white-collar crime.”

Mr McDonnell added:

“On behalf of ISME’s National Council and members, I would like to thank Senator Pádraig Ó’Céidigh for his hard work on this bill, and his Seanad colleagues for agreeing to co-sponsor it. We look forward to a robust debate at the second stage, and the support of all TDs and Senators, of all parties and none. ” 


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