Marts will need CCTV cameras to combat costly claims culture
CCTV cameras will have to be installed at marts around the country to help defend rising compensation claims, warned ICOS.
Ray Doyle from the co-op body warned that marts were now facing claims every year.
Mr Doyle said that a claims culture has contributed to rising insurance costs, with one mart located in a town now facing a €60,000 insurance bill and €40,000 rates bill each year.
"It is going to be a major problem into the future," he said, explaining that in instances people have been told not to go into pens in marts only to enter and then for an incident to occur.
He highlighted how cameras might help curb actions as he referenced how Supermac's clamped down on cases after capturing footage of insurance claims.
Mr Doyle said the legislation needs to be changed to limit payouts, saying: "There should be more transparency on insurance claims and who gets what out of each claim. More clarity and transparency might lead to a reduction in claims."
He stressed that claims often resulted in major rises in insurance, with one mart in the west seeing its bill more than double.