Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

11th September 2019


Volunteer and Community groups at risk due to rising insurance costs- Breathnach


-A survey by the Public Participations Networks reveals community and voluntary groups at risk due to rising insurance costs –


Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach has said spiralling insurance costs are threatening voluntary and community organisations in Louth and across the country. Breathnach was commenting after a survey released today by Ireland’s Public Participation Networks of community and voluntary organisations found that 83% of community groups have seen insurance costs rise in last 3 years; and half say they may have to cease operating due to insurance costs.


“The results of this survey make for stark reading but unfortunately they’re not surprising. I spoke in the Dáil in March warning that rising insurance costs, particularly public liability insurance, would mean voluntary organisations would struggle to retain volunteers and continue to operate.”


“These issues are also faced by small businesses. Just last month we saw Pelican Promotions was forced to close down as they could not get public liability insurance.”


“Tidy Towns, sports clubs, residents’ associations and a range of other volunteer groups are backbone of communities across the country. The Government needs to get real about tackling rising insurance costs to support our volunteer and community groups for years to come.”


-Ends-   Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)