FIANNA Fáil is to bring
a motion to the Dáil this week demanding Government
action on the "spiralling costs" of insurance for
motorists, homeowners and businesses.
Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue said: “People contact
my office every single week after having received
their insurance renewal, worried about how they’ll
pay the increased costs and trying to work out what
their next move it. In some cases, the premiums have
risen so much that people simply cannot afford them
and are contemplating giving up their car or even
continuing to drive without insurance. We cannot
allow this situation to continue and the time for
action is now."
He added: “Businesses are also being hit – and in
some cases on the double. Not only is their fleet
insurance increasing, other essential insurance
cover such as public liability and employer
liability have also risen significantly – by as much
as 15%. These are costs that small businesses can
simply not afford and which are impacting on
"The Government cannot continue to be allowed to
dodge the issue. The reality of the situation is
that premiums are no longer affordable – and
families are struggling to meet payments for an
essential service," he said.
Deputy McConalogue said the action points, outlined
in a report by the Cost of Insurance Working Group
in January, "must be implemented without delay".