PRESS RELEASE: ISME hold meeting in Minister Charles Flanagan’s constituency to address the severity of the insurance crisis for businesses
- The ISME Insurance Reform Meeting will take place on May 16th in Kavanagh’s Portlaoise. The event is taking place here to ensure that Justice Minister Charles Flanagan adequately understands the severity of this problem for businesses in the area.
- ISME are calling for local businesses who might have a story to share to contact us in advance of the meet up.
- Some ISME members report their insurance costs have risen by over 1000% in the past 6 years
ISME is calling all businesses in Laois and Offaly to join us from 7.30 am on May 16th in Kavanagh’s Portlaoise to raise the volume on the need for insurance reform. We want as big and as broad a sectoral representation as possible present on the day. The meeting is taking place in Portlaoise to ensure that our Justice Minister understands the severity of this problem for businesses in the area.
Speaking at the event will be Neil McDonnell, ISME CEO,Peter Boland of the Alliance for Insurance Reform and Paul McMahon a solicitor from McMahon Legal.
ISME are calling on local businesses who may be affected to join us on the day and share their stories.
Speaking about the insurance crisis ISME CEO Neil McDonnell said:
“Business owners are entirely fed up with the pantomime fight between lawyers and insurers over the cost of insurance, when both extract many hundreds of millions of euro annually from our sector.
Business owners seeking affordable insurance do not seek to delimit the constitutional rights of others. They simply want our Government, our courts and our lawyers to recognise that they too have constitutional rights: to property, and to earn a living. These rights are being trampled daily by a greedy, toxic compensation culture that is facilitated in the first instance by the legal profession, and in the second by opaque or non-existent data on insurance costs.
At the moment, if you own or operate a premises and you go before a court — most especially where children are concerned – you’ve lost the case before it’s heard, irrespective of the merits of your case”
Sign up to attend the meeting here.
- ISME should be referred to as the Irish SME Association
- The media are welcome to attend to interview our CEO and speakers
- The below image can be used to promote the event on social media