We had a wonderful night launching John’s new book Make Your Claim: A Consumer’s Guide to the Injuries Board.
Jim Daly TD did the honours and officially launched the book in what was a perfect setting in the Winery in Astna Square, Clonakilty.
Jim had obviously gone to a lot of trouble in reading and reflecting on the book and his address reflected this. He picked out one of the comments by the readers of the book, in particular, that of David Corkery who said:
“It is clear that John has written this to help someone who knows nothing rather than showing how much he knows.”
Jim thought that this was a wonderful tribute to the book and that it was borne out in his reading of it. He said:
“At a cursory glance, one might wonder if the author, a solicitor by profession, is merely advocating for an increased role for the legal profession. On reading the book, the reader is left in no doubt but that John McCarthy is a constant champion of the rights of the consumer and has correctly highlighted the potential pitfalls for the claimant as a direct result of the lack of advice from a legal practitioner ahead of making a claim to the Injuries Board”.
Jim went on to congratulate John on his advocacy of the rights of the consumer
and pledged to use his role as a member of the Oireachtas to further highlight the issues identified as blockages to the administration of justice for victims of accidents. (The full text of Jim Daly’s address is here.)
John then spoke and gave us a little background on why he wrote the book (the full text of which is here):
“Any fair assessment of the situation would have to admit that the Injuries Board has done away with certain practices which enriched the legal profession contrary to the common good. Only a fool would try to justify the amount of legal fees that were routinely being paid out for relatively minor injuries where liability wasn’t in issue.
But be that as it may, ten years down the road I believe that we now find ourselves with a system which is fundamentally unfair to blameless accident victims and that’s one of the main reasons that I decided to write this book.”
The event was really well attended by a wide variety of people from far and wide. Some had travelled a great distance to be with us last night, some had come from next door. We really appreciated everyone who made the effort to come and celebrate the launch of the book with us and there was a wonderfully convivial atmosphere.
The venue was absolutely ideal. Aidan Harte and his team at the Winery did a wonderful job. The setting was perfect and the food, wine and service were all excellent. It is now my absolute favourite place to launch a book!
Make Your Claim: A Consumer’s Guide to the Injuries Board costs €14.97 and is available directly from www.makeyourclaim.ie.