Central Bank ‘sitting idly by’ while publicans risk all in Covid insurance court cases

Galway pub owner says rules on test cases must change to protect plaintiffs and bring clarity for thousands of others similarly affected

2nd May, 2021
Central Bank ‘sitting idly by’ while publicans risk all in Covid insurance court cases
Brian Winters, solicitor and owner of Charlie’s Bar in Loughrea: ‘All we’re looking to do is prosecute a contractual right’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

When Covid-19 forced the closure of pubs across the country early last year, Brian Winters believed “common sense” dictated that his business interruption insurance policy provided cover for the “uncharted waters” he and thousands of others had been cast into.

Fourteen months on, Winters, a solicitor and owner of Charlie’s Bar in Loughrea, Co Galway, is still fighting with Zavarovalnica Sava, his Slovenian insurer, to compensate him for the losses sustained...

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