“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,” said Eoin McCambridge, Managing Director of McCambridge’s of Galway and a Director of the Alliance, “This draft legislation is long overdue.”
Peter Boland, Director of the Alliance, added, “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.
“Speed is now of the essence in progressing to working legislation,” he continued, “The Government must be prepared for and resist trenchant opposition from personal injury lawyers, who’re currently seeking to derail the new Judicial Guidelines with constitutional and other challenges. They’ll undoubtedly take the same approach to these proposals as they will not give up this gravy train easily.”
Tracy Sheridan, owner of Kidspace play centres in Rathfarnham and Rathcoole, also a Director of the Alliance, said, “Government has a golden opportunity to sort out the cost of insurance now and forever, but only if they get reforms such as the rebalancing of the duty of care done now, before the opportunity is lost.”