Bill Prasifka, the new Financial Services Ombudsman has started well, if we can properly understand recent newspaper reports. He seems to have issued some form of Press Release but it’s not on his website yet.
The reports credit him with underlining that he is limited in the amount of compensation he may award against the anonymous “regulated” financial services bodies (banks) he polices. (He does’nt really; he reacts to complaints).
Consequently, Bill awarded the maximum, €250,000, to a farming couple who lost much more than that.
The limit is set in regulation, as follows:
“The amount of 250,000 euro is prescribed by Council as the maximum amount of compensation payable in respect of all other complaints for the purposes of Section 57CI(5) and Section 57CI(4)(d) of the Central Bank Act 1942 (as amended by Section 16 of the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority Act of Ireland Act 2004).”
This is comedy. Bill is himself policed by a Council; they write the regulations. The Minister for Finance appoints them.
Who are they? I do not know, but we learned recently from the Irish Times HERE that stuff like this was actually being written by the banks.
See our earlier post on the Financial Services Ombudsman HERE at paragraphs 12 to 15