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Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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Development of insurance regulation in Ireland


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Title:Development of insurance regulation in Ireland
Author(s):Richard Brophy, (Brophy & Co Insurances Ltd, Dublin, Ireland)
Citation:Richard Brophy, (2012) "Development of insurance regulation in Ireland", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 20 Iss: 3, pp.248 - 263
Keywords:European Union, Insurance, Internal market, Ireland, Ombudsman, Regulation, Regulatory architecture
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/13581981211237954 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to chart the chronology of insurance regulation in Ireland and evaluate the integration within European Union directives.

Design/methodology/approach – The approach used was to chart the development of insurance regulation in Ireland and establish the stakeholders in the insurance industry that are affected by regulation. The various aspects of the EU involvement in regulation were also listed.

Findings – Ireland is one of the few countries that has a single financial regulator that is the Central (Reserve) Bank. The Central Bank is recognised as the Irish national regulator for all insurance activities in the EU and with that carries responsibility for implementing EU directives. In comparing other regulatory systems, there is a mixture of direct government involvement, sector specific regulation, financial services regulation and Central Bank acting as regulator.

Research limitations/implications – Research is based on literature review and data obtained from the EU regarding national regulators. It does not set a standard of regulation or compare different regulators but establishes the different forms of regulation in Ireland and the EU.

Practical implications – The paper establishes Ireland's insurance regulatory environment amongst its European peers. It also charts the development of insurance regulation from solvency to the current model of solvency and consumer protection with the other offices of Financial Services Ombudsman.

Originality/value – The paper is based on research based on literature review and data obtained from the EU regarding national regulators.



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