Deputy Smyth said “In my own areas of Cavan Monaghan we are limited on transport links and dependent on the road network. Rising insurance costs are bringing significant financial pressures onto people as well as rural isolation and limited job prospected with limited chances to commute. My offices and advice clinics are full of constituents who had faced costly price increases, often being quoted off the road.
“I raised these concerns with the Minister and am disappointed little has been done to date on bringing down premiums. The lack of action from the government shows their disregard for rural Ireland as they continue to neglect our region.
“While the Minister has said the working group set up to investigate these rising premiums is working away the costs keep rising for motorists and business owners. We require a dedicated insurance fraud unit headed by the Gardaí to investigate false claims. This is just one of the measures which are urgently needed. The government must step in to ensure fairness in this industry for consumers,” concluded Deputy Smyth