Angela O’Loughlin died, aged 90, in 2016 and had made another niece, Mary Dwyer and her husband Kenneth Dwyer, the main beneficiaries and executors of a December 2013 will made by her.

The former chair of the Personal Injuries Board, Dorothea Dowling, along with her cousin, Gráinne O’Flynn, are contesting the alleged last will of the(...)

The data published by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is based on figures for 51,000 closed personal injury claims in 2013 and 2014. It represents the first update of the “book of quantum” since 2004. File photograph: iStock

A new set of guidelines on the level of damages awarded for injuries has been criticised by the insurance industry for not benchmarking the figures a(...)

A hearing into the rising cost of motor insurance costs has heard that insurers are being allowed to “dictate the reform agenda” in the industry. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Insurers are being allowed to “dictate the reform agenda” in the industry without any evidence to support their arguments, a former chairwoman of the (...)

So-called uninsured motoring is purportedly one of the causes of high premiums, but how many vehicles are not covered by a policy? Surely simple cross-checking of databases – those of insurers and of the vehicle register – would answer that question and identify defaulters for prosecution. File photograph: Getty Images

The motor insurance system in Ireland needs a fundamental review for a number of reasons that are not often addressed. It is one thing to buy insuran(...)

Data from Insurance Ireland gives the most reliable indication of how often firms are refusing to provide quotes, as insurance companies themselves do not provide such figures. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of motorists denied quotes by three or more insurance companies in recent years has almost quadrupled, figures from Insurance Ireland have (...)

The Government’s far-reaching reform plan is due to be announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin later this week. Photograph:  Collins

The Government is expected to turn down an expert group’s key recommendation to appoint a head of the Irish Civil Service when it unveils a far-reachi(...)

In a recent article in The Irish Times (13/01/14), Dorothea Dowling, chairwoman of the Injuries Board, claimed the State could save millions of euro b(...)

Claims over medical mistakes are currently handled by the State Claims Agency, which was thrust into the spotlight last month when a High Court judge criticised the State for causing additional stress for families by long delays in admitting liability.

The State could save millions of euro by bringing medical negligence claims under the remit of the Injuries Board, its chairwoman has said. Dorothea D(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: appears intent on pushing his Bill through, although he has said he will hear any proposed amendments at committee stage this week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sight of a Government Minister pushing through important legislation in the face of opposition from vested interests is generally to be welcomed. (...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the existing monetary limits have rendered the District and Circuit Courts redundant in respect of some classes of civil proceedings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Insurers have joined their voice to those warning the Government that increasing the monetary limits of cases dealt with by the District and Circuit C(...)

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