Pat McDonagh, the CEO of fast food chain Supermac’s, called for the appointment of personal injury plaintiffs, denouncing what he described as Ireland’s “ biggest white-collar crime ”.
In the past, the Supermac mogul has criticized the litigious culture that thrives in Ireland, insisting that wrongful bodily injury claims represent the country’s ‘biggest white-collar crime’ and criticizing the system of insurance more generally.
The Galway man backed calls by County Kerry Councilor Michael O’Shea for the personal injury claimants to be named as the council faces compensation claims worth 13 , 4 million euros, most of which are related to falls and trips.
Appearing at the Newstalk breakfast on Saturday, Mr McDonagh expressed support for Mr O’Shea’s argument, insisting that those who make personal injury claims for falls should be ‘named and humiliated’ .
Mr McDonagh said: ‘There is no reason why they shouldn’t be published, there is no law to prevent it.
“ If the claim is genuine, legal representatives should have no difficulty in publishing [the names] Is.
“ On the other hand, they will face a difficulty if the claim is not genuine and if it is one of the many claims that this claimant may have. ”
Mr McDonagh admitted that legitimate personal injury claims did arise, adding that those involved in such cases ‘should not be afraid of publication’.
He continued, “ When lawyers try to block the publication of the names and addresses of claimants, they do so for their own reasons.
“ Maybe the plaintiff has had other claims in the past, maybe the lawyer doesn’t want the insured to engage with the alleged aggrieved party to settle a claim without incurring legal costs . ”
He said: ‘What I have found in my experience is that everything is preferred to be kept top secret and they also don’t want their own reputation damaged. ”
Mr McDonagh insisted he had previous experiences with serial claimants, including a 16-year-old with six previous claims under his belt and another with 15.