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Laois Minister launches plan aimed at reforming insurance sector


Sean Fleming, Minister of State at the Department of Finance has published the first ever Action Plan for Insurance Reform.

This action plan is a whole of Government approach to make Ireland’s insurance sector more competitive and consumer-friendly.

According to the Laois TD, the plan sets out 66 actions to bring down costs for consumers and business; introduce more competition into the market; tackle fraud and reduce costs on business and community organisations.

Mr Fleming has set out the following elements of the plan:

  • Establish an office to encourage greater competition in the market. This new office will be chaired by Minister of State Fleming.
  • Examine unfair pricing especially in the motor insurance sector.
  • Introduce new strict guidelines on appropriate level of awards.
  • Enhance the role of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.
  • Insurance fraud data is published and acted upon.
  • Place perjury on a statutory footing, making the offence easier to prosecute.
  • Strengthen the enforcement powers of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
  • Examine duty of care legislation to protect businesses and sporting/community groups.
  • Actions will be undertaken and delivered by Ministers in the Departments of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Finance and Justice over the next 18 months.
  • The Sub-Group on Insurance Reform within the Cabinet Committee on Economic Recovery will make meet regularly, engage with stakeholders and publish progress of actions every six months.

Minister of State Department of Finance with responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance Sean Fleming TD said: “This whole of Government approach demonstrates our commitment to deliver a more competitive insurance market for consumers and businesses.

“We have spoken to all the insurance companies and stakeholders about how we can reduce premiums and I am satisfied these actions will deliver on this commitment over time.

“Progress has been made on motor, but many businesses have not felt the benefits of this. My role is to encourage competition but also seek out a clear and transparent analysis of all costs associated with insurance premiums.

“Over the past couple of years, legal costs, fraud and big profits of insurance companies have hurt Irish shoppers. Competition in Ireland has been shaped by the fact that we only have one local insurance company, which makes us reliant on multinationals.

“Next week I will chair the first meeting of a new cross-departmental office which will take a strategic approach to promoting competition by breaking down barriers to reform and enhancing policy co-ordination across the State.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.