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RSA Insurance exits UK private motor market

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By John Healy of Healy Insurances

RSA Insurance has announced it will exit the UK personal lines car insurance market over the next year, with a sale arranged to rival insurer, Swinton.

RSA Insurance was formed through the merger of Sun Alliance and Royal Insurance in 1996 and was acquired by Canadian multinational, Intact Financial Corporation in November 2021. RSA said the motor market in the UK remained competitive yet “requires significant scale to drive meaningful outperformance”.

The RSA motor business in the UK represents about £120 million of annual premium but the 'Insurance Times' reported that the RSA’s private motor segment was operating at a loss, meaning the lost premium does not represent an operating loss to the business.

“When we completed the acquisition of RSA, we were clear that we would take necessary actions to drive sustainable outperformance in UK and Ireland," Charles Brindamour, CEO of the Intact Financial Corp, said. "[The] announcement represents a further step in delivering against our strategic roadmap to optimise our footprint around Personal Lines, Home and Pet, and our Commercial and Speciality lines businesses.”

Car premiums in the UK have increased by 21.1% from February 2021 to February 2022. Market sources concluded that inflation and supply chain disruption are pushing up the costs insurers face in fixing and replacing vehicles. The average annual car insurance premium in the UK is £929 which rises considerably in London to £1,419.

At the time of writing, it has just been announced that RSA are also exiting commercial mini fleet insurance in the UK from June 1, 2023.

RSA have not made any comment on their Irish operations. In the Republic of Ireland, RSA Insurance offer car insurance products via Insurance Brokers and Bank of Ireland. RSA also own 123.ie.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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