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Supermac's boss says compo claimants' names should be made public

McDonagh has frequently criticised the levels of personal injury awards in Ireland
Supermac's CEO Pat McDonagh

Supermac's CEO Pat McDonagh

Esther McCarthy

The head of Supermac’s has said the names of people pursuing personal injury claims should be made public - and added they had nothing to fear if the claim was genuine.

Pat McDonagh, who has frequently criticised the levels of personal injury awards in Ireland, has backed calls to make claimants’ names public.

Kerry Councillor Michael O’Shea made the call and said taxpayers deserved to know the details. It came as it emerged that Kerry County Council faces up to €13.4 million in compensation claims.

“There isn't any reason why they shouldn't be published, there isn't any law to prevent it,” McDonagh told Newstalk.

“If the claim is genuine, the legal representatives shouldn't have any difficulty in publishing either.

“On the other hand, they will face a difficulty if the claim isn't genuine and if it's one of numerous claims that that claimant may have.”

He said that there were many people whose claims were genuine and that they shouldn’t have any fear of their names being published.

“Where the solicitors try and prevent the publication of claimants' names and addresses, they do it for their own reasons,” McDonagh added.

“Maybe the claimant has had other claims in the past, maybe the solicitor doesn't want the insured party to engage with the alleged injured party to settle a claim without gaining any legal costs.

“What I have found in my experience is that everything is preferred to be kept very secretive and also they don't want their own reputation damaged.”

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