'There's abuse of the free legal aid system in the courts,' claims Carlow councillor at meeting

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"There's abuse of the free legal aid system in the courts," Cllr Fergal Browne claimed at a recent meeting of Carlow Municipal District as members discussed fraudulent compensation claims which are seeing insurance premiums soar. 

A motion at the same meeting which called for the Council to write to the next Taoiseach about setting up a public insurance company to ease the rising costs of insurance for people and businesses was passed by local representatives. 

Cllr Browne said: "There is abuse of the free legal aid system in the courts. I hope solicitors stop taking these cases they know to be fraudulent.

"And if they do take them they should be referred to the Law Society."

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