Fianna Fáil Councillor and Bye Election Candidate for Wexford, Malcolm Byrne has criticised the Government for their lack of action on tackling the rising costs of insurance.

Malcolm said that Fianna Fáil was the only Party pushing the insurance reform agenda having brought forward the majority of motions and legislation relating to insurance in the Houses of the Oireachtas.

He said, “At a council level I have brought forward motions calling on the Government to accelerate its insurance reform programme. It’s disheartening to see small businesses having to close their doors as a result of excessive insurance premiums and public liability costs.

“Pubs, bars and restaurants across Wexford have all seen their insurance premiums rise by thousands over the past number of years. Some can’t get insurance cover while for others the future is uncertain.

“At this rate and without intervention there isn’t going to be a leisure centre left in the country where children can play indoors. Businesses are having to look to the UK to get insurance and when they do the premiums are unsustainable.

“I understand the creation of the judicial council and the introduction of claims guidelines are in the pipeline, but the fact of the matter is that some premiums are 32% higher than those charged in 2014.

“Premiums have been steadily increasing and intervention should have been made sooner. If the Government were determined to tackle this problem they would implement plans for a personal injury claims database which would go some way to curtailing fraudulent insurance claims. They would also adopt the Fianna Fáil Bill which would deter fraudsters in the first place”, he concluded.