Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare North, Frank O’Rourke has said the shocking video clip released by the Alliance for Insurance Reform, of a woman placing a piece of glass in her mouth before pretending to choke in a pub in Kildare, is yet another horrific example of the need to tackle insurance fraud.

Deputy O’Rourke said that small businesses are continuing to suffer due to lack of Government action on the matter. He said there needs to be harsher sanctions on those who are convicted of insurance fraud.

He said, “This brazen and blatant attempt to defraud a business in Kildare is disgusting. It’s a clear illustration of what small businesses up and down the country are up against. The individual should feel the full vigour of the law but unfortunately there is no practical way of prosecuting somebody for insurance fraud.

“For perpetrators, there is no downside or deterrent. Currently, the worst that can happen is that the case is simply thrown out. Of course, the defendant is often stuck with large legal expenses defending themselves against a fraudulent claim.

“Fianna Fáil is the only party which is pushing the insurance reform agenda and has brought forward the majority of legislation relating to insurance during this Dáil term. Our Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2019 will ensure that those who bring fraudulent claims will have to pay the legal expenses for the defendant. This would at least ensure that they will not walk away scot-free when they are convicted”, he concluded.