Get serious about Perjury to end the Compo-Culture
“Recent investigative reports, including the Irish Independent this week, demonstrates the need for the Perjury & Related Offences Bill 2018 to be enacted as a matter of urgency.
The Perjury & Related Offences Bill 2018, brought forward by me, is scheduled for Second Stage in the Dáil on Wednesday. It is now up to TDs to get this through the Dáil and enacted before Christmas. With talk of an early election there is no time to waste.
This Bill is long overdue and if enacted will, for the first time, make perjury a statutory criminal offence in Ireland. Now more than ever the absence of a statutory criminal offence of perjury in Ireland weakens our court system and opens it to abuse. People’s reputations have been destroyed and lives ruined from deliberate lies told.
Businesses have faced soaring insurance premium costs through fraudsters seeking to game the system. And whistle-blowers have been run through the mill because of people who feel they can lie with impunity and without fear of prosecution. It is time to get serious about Perjury to end the Comp–culture.
My initiative to place Perjury as a statutory criminal offence is not just about addressing fraudulent personal injury claims. It is about bringing accountability to all those who lie in our courts, our commissions and our tribunals.”
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