The debate about compensation cases has taken on the air of one of those Drain The Shannon issues — everyone knows something must be done but nothing really changes.
Week after week evidence that would be at home in that newspaper stalwart of the long ago Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is heard in courtrooms and, if the level of awards are anything to go by, often finds a sympathetic ear.
Public event after public event is curtailed because insurance premiums reflect this soaking culture.
Galway’s term as European capital of culture is the latest in a long list.
The head of claims at the State’s largest public sector insurer warned yesterday that the acceptance and normalisation of insurance fraud is encouraging increased incidents of exaggerated claims and providing “an income supplement to the morally challenged”.
That view is widely shared because the evidence is suggests it should be but nothing changes.
As ever, the answer might be found by following the money and establishing who really benefits.