Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: The insurance industry has been “quick to blame the courts” and  he wants “good faith” from it in addressing high premiums.   Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has accused the insurance industry of “over-egging” the issue of fraudulent claims and not being upfront on sett(...)

As Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has pointed out, each of three insurance companies before the finance committee last week reported only around 1 per cent of claims to the Garda.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

When it comes to insurance, increasingly the figures just don’t add up. Last week three senior insurance executives claimed before an Oireachtas commi(...)

The Four Courts in Dublin. The judicial council, once established, will set up a judicial conduct committee which will comprise eight judges and five lay people.

Legislation to create a judicial council has finally passed through the Dáil, following 20 years of tribulations, writes Colm Keena. So what is the j(...)

The scale of recommended pay outs includes over €19,000 in general damages for a finger sprain, almost €28,000 for a minor wrist sprain and €20,000 for minor soft tissue damage in the foot. Photograph: iStock

A leading insurance broker for small businesses has called on the Government to overhaul the current system for minor injuries awards, proposing that (...)

Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance Michael D’Arcy said it was the Government’s position that the “recalibration” of awards downwards would involve a number of factors. Photograph: Alan Betson

The high personal injury awards being made by judges in the circuit and district courts is “driving the compo culture in Ireland, ” according to Minis(...)

Maria Bailey:  case has added  political fuel to stories about soaring insurance costs and threats to jobs. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

It is ironic that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called in a senior counsel to review the facts of Maria Bailey’s insurance claim. This involves two theme(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: Insurance companies must ‘stop settling claims without due diligence’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The actions of insurance firms operating in the Irish market have been described as “totally unacceptable” by the Minister for Justice who also accuse(...)

The Central Bank said Irish-based insurers need to work more on plans for their recovery or wind-down should they run into trouble.

Central Bank deputy governor Ed Sibley has backed calls for new guidelines for judges on personal injury awards in order to reduce variations in court(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke:  wrote a ‘strongly worded letter’ to Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Chief Justice, Frank Clarke, has written “a strongly worded letter” to Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan outlining his frustration at having t(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke has been asked to propose a committee to examine soft-tissue injuries so new figures can be included in Personal Injury Assessment Board guidelines. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Chief Justice has been asked by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to create simple rules to force through rapid reductions in awards for soft-(...)

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