Rock­et­ing in­sur­ance crip­pling busi­ness R

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

OCKETING in­sur­ance costs are crip­pling many small busi­nesses in En­nis­cor­thy, Gorey, New Ross and Wex­ford, Fianna Fáil Deputy James Law­less told the Dáil.

In­di­vid­u­als, char­i­ties, com­mu­nity groups and sports clubs are also badly af­fected, he said. Their in­sur­ance bills are a kick in the teeth for their hon­est hard work and, even more so, when those bills are go­ing up be­cause of fraud.

‘I want to specif­i­cally ad­dress the grow­ing scam of cash-for-crash cases,’ he said. ‘They in­volve a setup where a car is rolled into a wall or de­lib­er­ately driven into the back of a friend’s car to al­low all in­volved put in claims. These man­u­fac­tured col­li­sions put other peo­ple’s liveli­hoods of risk, risk in­juries and drive up pre­mi­ums. It is dan­ger­ous, reckless and re­lies on in­tim­i­da­tion, theft, fraud, per­jury and con­spir­acy. Those in­volved are not wor­ried about be­ing caught be­cause, even if they are, there is no fol­low-up. The Garda claims it does not have the re­sources to fol­low up on these types of fraud.’

Un­til in­di­vid­u­als are sent to prison, it will not stop, he said. ‘We need to see more ac­tion in this area to tackle those fraud­sters, to see them brought be­fore the courts and go­ing to prison.’

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