Insurance threat to family fun as premium hikes lead to closures

Children's play centres and activity venues face closure due to massive increases in their insurance premiums

One look at and it is obvious that there is an extensive variety and quality of family activities available around Ireland.

It's a shame that this summer guide introduction is not based around the long-standing success of these businesses and a host of new-comers.

But, unfortunately it faces a threat that could potentially wipe it out, leaving children with nowhere to play and thousands of providers out of work.

Earlier this year brought widespread panic among owners as they started being quoted huge increase in insurance cover, sometimes as high as 300%.

The increases were blamed on the high level of payouts and the prevalence of bogus claims.

A number of play centres have already closed this year including Kidspace in Rathfarnham and Kiddies Kingdom in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, while Fort Lucan Adventureland in Dublin permanently removed its trampolines due to the insurance crisis.

A new group made up of the operators of over 90 family activity providers was formed to not only lobby for promised government action but also to try and get reasonable insurance cover as part of a bigger group.

Linda Murray from Huckleberry's Den in Navan, Co Meath, led the successful campaign for Play Activity and Leisure Ireland (PALI) that was able to obtain reduced insurance costs from a company in the UK. However, promised government action is still urgently needed.

“We need to remember that insurance reform still has to happen. We need to tackle the compensation culture where people receive high awards for minor injuries,” she said.

Linda Murray | Huckleberry's Den | PALI | YourDaysOut

Celebration: Linda with her family

"We also need to question why some premiums double overnight, despite never having a claim against them," Linda added.

So, if you get an opportunity, please challenge your local representative, as in two years time there may not be anywhere left fo bring our children.

But, for now, there are still loads of fun family days out around Ireland.

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