EXPRESSES CONCERNS REGARDING ‘2020 ESTABLISHMENT OF JUDICIAL COUNCIL’ COMMENT BY MINISTER
The Alliance for Insurance Reform has welcomed the additional funds committed to the Department of Justice (€39m) and An Garda Síochána (€81m) in Budget 2020 but has expressed concern regarding a comment about the timing of the Judicial Council made by the Minister for Finance in his Budget speech.
Peter Boland, Director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform said
“We welcome the allocation of an additional €39m to the Department of Justice and €81m to An Garda Síochána in the context of the urgent need to establish the Judicial Council and set up the Garda Insurance Coordination Unit.
“However we would be extremely concerned about a scripted comment by the Minister for Finance in which he stated that “2020 will see the establishment of the Judicial Council.” The Judicial Council Act was signed into law by the President on 23rd July and the Minister for Justice has repeatedly stated that the Council would be established by the end of this year. If Minister Donohoe’s comment means that there is additional slippage in this schedule, this is intolerable for the small businesses and voluntary groups facing closure in the next few months. We have urged the Minister to clarify his comments and for no further delay to be applied to this critical insurance reform action.
“Finally, we urge the Garda Commissioner to move swiftly to set up the Garda Insurance Coordination Unit to spearhead the fight against insurance fraud.”