Call to publish names of successful insurance claimants in Kerry County Council cases

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Publishing the names of people who make successful insurance claims against Kerry County Council would reduce the cost of compensation pay outs.

That’s according to Cllr Michael O’Shea who says county councillors should have access to this information and to other details, including accident locations.

He says politicians armed with this data would be able to direct funding to help reduce the occurrence of accidents.

He says Kerry County Council’s annual insurance premium relating to public liability claims will approach 4 million euro next year.

Cllr O’Shea accepts that the majority of those who take claims against the council are genuine.

However, he says the public should know if there are people who are taking repeated insurance claims against Kerry County Council.

Kerry County Council says under data protection law, it can’t release the names of those who’ve taken claims.

It says its insurance unit carries out an initial investigation when a claim’s made.

This investigation is then progressed by the mutual insurance body which is owned by all local authorities.

The council says claims against it are decreasing and that there’ll be a reduction in its insurance premiums relating to public liability claims next year.