An RGDATA delegation led by President Colin Fee told Tanaiste Leo Varadkar that promised Government action on Insurance reforms must bring the cost of shop insurance down and address the issue of people making false, exaggerated or misleading claims for minor, fully recoverable injuries. The call came at a meeting between RGDATA, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Retail Minister Damien English. The Tanaiste said he was fully committed to bringing the cost of insurance down.
The Tanaiste noted the concerns raised by RGDATA directors who indicated that claims for minor injuries were increasing in some stores and many retailers were facing threats from anti-maskers regarding Covid 19 claims. This is adding to the frustration shop owners feel about the lack of any impact to date of Government measures on shop insurance costs and claims.
The Tanaiste said that Justice Minister Helen McEntee was addressing the Duty of Care issue and he noted that RGDATA had drafted an amendment to the Occupiers Liability Act to rebalance the duty of care and make it fairer, balanced and more reasonable. “Shop owners need insurance for catastrophic incidents and we will put our hands up if we are at fault, but we cannot continue to pay substantial premiums and fight our insurance companies who are settling questionable claims instead of challenging them. This issue is a key concerns for RGDATA members and we need action now that will bring down shop insurance costs,” Colin Fee urged the Tanaiste who chairs the Cabinet Sub Committee on Insurance.