Wednesday 16 October 2019

Minister under fire for progress on injury awards


Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA
Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

A GROUP representing under-pressure insurance policyholders has questioned why Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has not signed a key measure to begin the process of lowering personal injuries awards.

The Alliance for Insurance Reform is concerned motorists, businesses and community groups will continue to be under huge strain unless moves to recalibrate injuries awards are put in place.

Peter Boland, of the alliance, said the minister had yet to put in place a key section of the Judicial Council Act.

Provision is made for setting up a personal injuries committee of judges, with a view to it setting new guidelines. The alliance said until key sections of the act are put into effect, the process of reform cannot take place.

The Department of Justice said the minister expected the judicial council would be established by the end of this year, and was working to that deadline.

Irish Independent

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