First Aid Ireland has confirmed it is seeking $1.5bn of additional funding to cover the cost of insurance coverage to those injured when their vehicle is struck by a road or other vehicle while it is travelling on the A8 highway between Dublin and Cork.
The Irish Government said it was providing additional funding for the Irish Motor Vehicle Association to support road safety initiatives including road building and road repair projects, and would also provide support to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) for injured motorists.
It said the funding would also be used to provide additional funding of up to €1,500 for injured drivers to hire a specialist ambulance.
First Aid Ireland executive director, Michael McConkey, said the government had made the announcement as part of its road safety package, which included funding for road building, road repair, roadside assistance, vehicle registration, insurance, and the National Health Service.
The funding would be in addition to the funding the Irish Government has already provided to the NIS to support injured motorists, including €10m for the National Road Safety Agency (NRSA).
The NIS is the Irish equivalent of the UK’s National Health Services.
The Government has previously said it will fund the NRSA with additional funding from other sources, including a special fund from the Department of Finance for road repairs.
Mr McConKey said that the additional funding was in addition the funding already provided by the Irish government for injured road users.
He said the Irish motor vehicle association was currently working with the NRC to establish how it would be funded, with a decision on the timing of when this would occur to be made by the end of the year.
He also said that First Aid was seeking funding from the Irish Department of Justice to provide the NISA with the extra funds.The Nisiní Fhíobháin National Roads Agency (NFRA) said that as a result of the government’s decision to fund the Irish Insurance Corporation, the Nis has now been granted an additional €1m from the NISC to assist it with insurance issues, including those involving insured road users and those whose vehicles were struck while travelling on a road.
The NFRA is responsible for ensuring the safety of all road users, including the NIRS and NIS.
It is the only public body in Ireland which provides a road safety program to all motorists, with the Irish Transport Authority also undertaking road safety campaigns, including road safety signage and road building projects.