Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise & Innovation and European candidate for Ireland South Billy Kelleher TD has called on Fine Gael to explain why it is delaying his Bill which would clamp down on insurance fraudsters.

The Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2018 passed Second Stage unanimously in the Dáil last October, but the government has failed to progress it since then.

Deputy Kelleher said, “Fraudulent insurance claimants must feel full force of the law. The main aim of this Bill is to allow Judges to refer suspected fraudulent cases to the Director of Public Prosecutions. However, despite being backed by all parties and independents last year, there has been no progress since October. Fine Gael is clearly slow-walking the legislation and we need to know why.

“Charlie Flanagan wrote to me in March committing to bring a memorandum for government on my bill by the end of that month. This deadline has also been missed. While disappointing, it is unsurprising and sums up this government’s attitude to insurance reform.

“My Bill will not stop every false insurance claim, but it will ensure that those who engage in this criminal activity face legal consequences and should make them think twice about going down this route.

“The rocketing cost of living in Ireland must be addressed. This legislation is part of the solution. I have written to Minister Flanagan asking him to immediately indicate when a memorandum will be brought to government so that a decision on my Bill can be made”, concluded Deputy Kelleher.