Total awards made in the High Court in 2018 were €57.5 million, down from €85.3 million the previous year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The number of personal injury cases taken in the State was down slightly last year while the average award made at High Court level dropped by 29 per (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has revealed that the Garda Commissioner ‘is open to considering other industry-funded proposals to combat insurance fraud’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has re-opened the door to the insurance industry funding the fight against fraud, as latest figures show six new crimin(...)

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 has said the insurance industry is ‘profiteering’. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said the insurance industry is “profiteering” and demanded that it be “upfront and transparent” about signif(...)

Maria Bailey told a Sunday newspaper she wanted to ‘draw a line in the sand’ on the issue, insisting that she had been hurt in the incident and left with €7,000 worth of medical bills. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey’s now-dropped personal injuries claim against a Dublin hotel caused “reputational h(...)

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(...)

Margrethe Vestager’s  team are clearly convinced there’s a case to be answered. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, best known in these parts for presiding over a decision in 2016 that Apple received €13 billion (...)

Ed Sibley said insurance executives must do more work to develop recovery or wind-up plans in the event that their companies run into financial trouble. Photograph: iStock

Insurance brokers and underwriting agents must take more responsibility for assessing the financial soundness of companies offering cover, in light of(...)

Former High Court president Nicholas Kearns speaking at the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). Photograph: Conor McCabe

People who do not believe there is a compensation culture in Ireland should join “the flat earthers” or climate change deniers, former High Court Pres(...)

FBD chief executive Fiona Muldoon said the cost of insurance claims remained too high in Ireland.  Photograph: iStock

Irish insurers recorded a combined €31.1 million profit on motor coverage in 2017, after racking up €757 million of losses over the previous four year(...)

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