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Insurance Fraud Unit saga sums up government’s failure on insurance costs – Doherty

12 November, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government’s failure to set-up an insurance fraud unit sums up its overall failure to tackle the insurance rip-off. He said today’s latest update from Minister D’Arcy shows zero progress on the issue and in fact casts doubt on whether the unit will ever be established. He called for the anti-fraud unit to be set up without delay using public funds, not industry funding.

Deputy Doherty said:

“Another update from the Minister on his insurance plan comes and goes with nothing to show on the issue of setting up a Garda Insurance Fraud Unit. In fact, today’s report actually casts doubt on whether such a unit will ever be set-up. We are told that fraud is the cause of the high insurance prices. Yet, years into this process, Insurance Ireland, government, and the Gardaí have between them achieved no progress in setting up an insurance fraud unit.

“Today we are told : ‘The Garda Commissioner has yet to form a view on the proposal, and there are a number of serious issues which will require further consideration before any decision whether or not to proceed in this manner is taken.’ This farce sums up the whole government action plan- plenty of promises but little concrete results for consumers.

“It was entirely inevitable that having decided the insurance industry would fund the anti-fraud unit that delays and complications would arise. I am not surprised that senior Garda have issues with the proposal. It is unacceptable that government has tried to outsource Garda funding to an insurance industry which has behaved badly in recent years. The anti-fraud unit must be publicly funded.

“While I do not buy the line that fraud is the underlying cause of the huge increases in recent years, I do believe there is a role for an insurance fraud unit. This should be funded by the taxpayer. The insurance industry have delayed and delayed until now when we see the Garda Commissioner casting doubt on whether the project will ever come into existence.

“The saga sums up the failure of Minister D’Arcy and the government to tackle the rip-off affecting customers and businesses.” 

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