Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Niall Collins TD says the government has a duty to address high motor insurance costs facing returning Irish emigrants.

Deputy Collins made his comments on foot of a Parliamentary Question he tabled on actions being taken by the government to address the barrier facing returning Irish emigrants.

“Many Irish emigrants who are in the process of moving back home are shocked at the exorbitant cost of living, not least in the areas of housing and insurance, and most notably motor insurance. The government published a report on the challenges facing returning Irish emigrants last March, and I recently tabled a question aimed at finding out what actions have been taken since then.

“From what I can gather from the reply, it appears that the only tangible action taken by Minister of State Ciarán Cannon on the issue of motor insurance was to write to the underwriters.  This is far from satisfactory and indicates an unwillingness on the part of the government to take effective measures to tackle the problem.

“I, and my colleagues in Fianna Fáil, have been inundated with people contacting us who simply cannot afford the high premiums they are being quoted.  This is in turn having a knock on effect on their ability to secure employment.  Returning emigrants need more than lip service from the government on this issue; they need action and I am calling on Minister Cannon to follow up on this issue with motor insurance companies as a matter of urgency”.