Wexford Independent TD, Verona Murphy has welcomed the Perjury and Related Offences Bill being accepted by Government. The Bill was brought by the Independent Regional Technical Group of which Deputy Murphy is part of.
Speaking from Dublin Convention Centre late on Wednesday night, Deputy Murphy said,
“The Government have committed to see this Bill enacted by 31st October this year. This should allow us to see an immediate reduction in Insurance fraud and reforms in Family Law proceedings”
“Presently many small and medium sized businesses are on the brink of closure due to skyrocketing insurance costs. Motor insurance for our younger generation is simply unattainable for so many families throughout Ireland. Since being elected as an Independent TD for Wexford, I have received daily calls from constituents in relation to spiralling insurance costs”.
If enacted, the maximum penalty on summary conviction is a Class B fine or 12 months imprisonment. The maximum penalty on indictment could be €100,00 and/or 10 years imprisonment.
The Deputy continued,
“lying under oath for personal gain is driving up insurance costs for everyone. The high proportion of disingenuous or exaggerated claims are causing insurance hikes for small and medium business which in some cases is causing these businesses to close permanently. This Bill will bring in tougher sanctions for those who lie under oath. The Bill will consolidate and simplify legislation relating to perjury and place it in a criminal footing”
“The financial consequences of perjury and fraudulent claims can be devastating to people’s lives and businesses and I am delighted for our small businesses, our young people, our sports clubs, our community and voluntary groups that this motion has received the support of Government”
“I extend thanks to Pádraig Ó Céidigh for spearheading this Bill. Its enactment will be the first step in delivering real insurance reform in this country”