585. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the Civil Liability (Capping of General Damages) Bill 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14236/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Civil Liability (Capping of General Damages) Bill 2019 was introduced by Senator Anthony Lawlor as a Private Member’s Bill (PMB) in the Seanad on 6th March 2019. The Bill intends to provide, with a supporting review framework, for the imposition of a cap on the level of awards which may be made in respect of a claim for general damages arising from personal injury. The Bill is, therefore, a matter of ongoing consideration by my own and other relevant Departments in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General. In light of this consideration, the Government's views in relation to this Bill will be conveyed in the appropriate manner when it is taken for Second Stage in the Seanad which is scheduled for Thursday of this week, 28th March 2019.