"It appears the cure for whiplash in Ireland is a compensation claim and not medical treatment," says Taoiseach 1 month ago

"It appears the cure for whiplash in Ireland is a compensation claim and not medical treatment," says Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar made the comments on Tuesday afternoon.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken about an alleged compensation claim culture that exists in Ireland in the Dáil on Tuesday.

His comments came in response to an article that was published in the Irish Independent that claimed that lawyers and GPs are fuelling compensation culture by actively encouraging patients to bring claims.

Varadkar spoke out about these instances in the Dáil, saying: "It appears the cure for whiplash in Ireland is a compensation claim and not any medical treatment".

He said: "There is legislation being brought through by Deputy Pearse Doherty just approved this morning, two amendments he's proposed to that legislation. We're going to bring that through and that will result in greater transparency around insurance costs."

He continued: "The most important reform is the Judicial Council, setting up its independent committee to review the quantum of awards paid to people who suffer injuries in Ireland.

"We’d expect if they go down, the insurance industry itself, which is very profitable, should respond with lower premiums."

Take a look at a clip of Varadkar's comments here: