Tuesday 23 July 2019

Call for insurance fraud unit

Bill Browne

A dedicated garda unit should be set up to address the issue of insurance fraud, which is directly responsible for "massive increases" in insurance costs. 

That's the view of Cork North West Fianna Fail TD Michael Moynihan who has said he believed the only effective way to tackle the problem was the establishment publicly funded garda unit to "investigate and pursue fraudulent practices." 

"Fine Gael must ramp up measures to clamp down on insurance fraud, which is having a devastating impact on personal and business customers because insurance premiums are rising exponentially," said Deputy Moynihan. 

He said that as things currently stand there was no "absolutely no deterrent" for people committing insurance fraud and the only people damaged were defendants who were "all too often stuck with large legal expenses". 

"Almost every week across North Cork, businesses, local marts, fairs, community clubs, and other festivals up and down the county are being put under enormous pressure due to massive increases in their insurance costs," claimed Deputy Moynihan.

He accused Fine Gael of "dragging their heels" on the issue, saying that his party was the only one pushing the insurance fraud agenda through proposed legislation during the current Dáil term. 

"Despite claiming that its serious about tackling insurance fraud it (Fine Gael) has still not implemented a number of key recommendations from the Cost of Insurance Working Group report. We need to see a dedicated garda unit set up to specifically investigate insurance fraud. An insurance claim fraud category on the Garda PULSE system simply does not go far enough," insisted Deputy Moynihan. 

"Urgent action needs to be taken to curtail soaring insurance costs and the legislation that we have published should be progressed. The tactics being used by Fine Gael to delay this legislation are only costing people more money in the long run while insurance premiums are continuing to rise," he concluded. 

Older people waiting 48 months for cataract surgery in Cork East

Waiting times for cataract surgery in Cork East are out of control, despite there being a solution to address the problem, Sinn Féin TD Pat Buckley has stated.

He said the information from the Association of Optometrists Ireland is incredibly worrying. "Cataract procedures usually take around 10 minutes to perform, yet there are over 6,000 patients waiting on an operation across the state, with hundreds of these patients in Cork," he said. "Thankfully, there is a clear solution - the award-winning Sligo Cataract Scheme. This scheme needs to be rolled out nationwide ... to reduce these waiting lists."