Feature in Irish Independent:

“Disabled people who hire own helpers say independence at risk as cost of hard-to-get insurance soars”

“Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT), an organisation that facilitates direct payments to people with disabilities so they can manage their own services, said its members risk having their independence taken away if they cannot get insurance.

People with a disability pay for their personal assistants through service providers, and ÁT helps them set up a company so they can deal with the direct payments from the HSE.”

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“‘High risk’: Insurance sector refusing people with disabilities”

“Eileen Daly set up an independent living company in 2018 and says that the move transformed her life.

The 46-year-old has been a wheelchair user since birth and currently employs eight part-time personal assistants who help her at home and at work.

Ms Daly previously paid €600 for public liability and employers liability insurance – but this year she was quoted just over €3,600 after her previous UK insurer quit the market. No Irish company would even provide a quote.”

Full article available at: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/high-riskinsurance-sector-refusing-people-with-disabilities-40746524.html#:~:text=sector%20refusing%20people-,with,-disabilities