That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide 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; to provide for the confirmation by each House of the Oireachtas of draft regulations; to provide for a review of this Act; and to provide for related matters.
I thank the Leader for allowing the amendment to the Order of Business this morning. I thank my colleagues who co-signed the Bill and my staff, Mr. Adam Smith and Mr. Fintan Brett, who worked diligently on the Bill over the past couple of weeks. I also thank the various organisations who support the Bill, including ISME, IBEC and the IFA, and also the representatives of the vintners and restaurants. I thank the members of the general public who contacted me in recent weeks about this Bill.
The Bill is about capping the general damages in civil liability cases.