Court of Appeal decision must bring Setanta saga to an end - Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the decision by the Court of Appeal to find the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland liable for claims should mark an end to the Setanta insurance saga.
Deputy Doherty said:
“The decision by the Court of Appeal upholding the High Court decision must bring this saga to an end. The immediate concern must be to ensure that all valid claimants no longer have to wait and that their claims are paid out without delay.
“This debacle has been going for too long. Whatever further legal issues may arise the imperative after years of waiting must be for the claimants at Setanta to receive their entitlements. Tackling the wider issues raised here must be a priority for a new government including looking at how this decision will affect already dramatically increased premiums for drivers.
“Much of this delay can be traced back to the legal advice received by Ministers from the Attorney General which the High Court and Court of Appeal have now found to be inaccurate. The ongoing mess caused by the legal uncertainty has left hundreds of claimants awaiting their compensation. Their needs must be the priority now above any other considerations.
“In January Michael Noonan told me he had asked his officials to examine the reasons for the increases in motor insurance. I hope that investigation is proceeding as we speak and that the fallout of the Setanta case will be included to insure that in future hundreds of claimants will not have to endure such a long wait for reasons beyond their control.”