Get Duty of Care Reforms debated and passed into law urgently: RGDATA

RGDATA has again called on government to tackle bogus insurance claims, which are harming small businesses
RGDATA director general Tara Buckley

“Speed is now of the essence in progressing to working legislation," said Peter Boland, director of the Alliance of Insurance Reform

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Retailers association RGDATA has welcomed the long-promised Duty of Care proposal unveiled by Justice Minister Helen McEntee.

“It is three years since RGDATA drafted a Bill to make Duty of Care fairer, balanced and more reasonable,” said RGDATA director general Tara Buckley. “RGDATA urges Government to get the legislation before the Houses of the Oireachtas so that it can be passed into law as a matter of urgency. It is essential that all the interventions on insurance costs start to impact on the actual cost of insurance for independent shopkeepers.”

The Alliance for Insurance Reform (AIR) has also welcomed government proposals to amend the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1995 in relation to the duty of care.

Eoin McCambridge, managing director of McCambridge’s of Galway and Director of the Alliance said: “The absolute duty of care often imposed on Irish businesses, voluntary and community groups, sports and cultural organisations and charities goes way beyond what is imposed in other jurisdictions and serves as a real impediment to any organisation dealing with the public. This draft legislation is long overdue.”

“The outline proposals to reform the duty of care legislation look balanced, fair, practical and proportionate. We welcome them and look forward to seeing the detailed proposals,” added Peter Boland, director of the Alliance.

“Speed is now of the essence in progressing to working legislation,” Boland said.

“The Government must be prepared for and resist trenchant opposition from personal injury lawyers, who are currently seeking to derail the new Judicial Guidelines with constitutional and other challenges. They will undoubtedly take the same approach to these proposals as they will not give up this gravy train easily.”

 

 

 

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