Dairygold link up with Zurich on insurance deal

Competition looks set to intensify in the farm insurance sector following Dairygold's decision to partner with Zurich Insurance to provide deals for its co-op members.

In a leaflet sent out to its more than 3,000 milk suppliers last week, as well as farmers who trade with the co-op, Dairygold stated that it had reached an agreement with Zurich Insurance to offer "preferential rates to Dairygold members and account holders".

The tie up between Dairygold and Zurich has been viewed in some quarters as a snub to FBD. However, Dairygold management defended the decision.

"Dairygold board and management are constantly seeking opportunities to provide financial benefits for its members," the co-op stated. Dairygold engaged with a number of product and service providers to negotiate preferential offers for the benefit of members and account holders. The outcome of these negotiations led to attractive offers being tabled by Top Oil and Zurich," Dairygold explained.

"Top Oil is offering all Dairygold members and customers the opportunity to apply for a Dairygold/Top Oil fuel card which can be used to purchase diesel, petrol and sulphur-free gas oil at very competitive prices. The Zurich offer relates to farm, household and vehicle insurance and it commits to providing competitive quotes with some specific enhancements to Dairygold members," it added.

The co-op stressed that members had to engage with the suppliers directly and that Dairygold's only role will be to confirm society membership.

A spokesperson for Zurich Insurance said the company was: "…delighted to be developing an affinity scheme with Dairygold to offer competitive farm insurance solutions for its members."

IBA & PIBA TO MERGE... One Voice, One Representation, One Strength

The IBA is delighted to inform you that today members voted by an overwhelming majority to merge with PIBA, (Professional Insurance Brokers Association) at the association's annual AGM which was held in Croke Park, Dublin. At a separate AGM, PIBA members also voted in favour of a merger. 

This significant merger between both broker organisations is believed will demonstrate a positive change on behalf of the industry to benefit brokers in helping them best serve Irish consumers and businesses.

The new organisation will now have a combined strength of 1,300 firms representing both general insurance and financial brokers will be known as Brokers Ireland, a name under which both bodies have been working in co-operation for a number of years. 

We're also delighted to announce that former IBA Deputy President Cathal Lowe has become President of the new body and Chairman of the board.  Diarmuid Kelly, current PIBA Chief Executive, will be Chief Executive of Brokers Ireland with Ciarán Phelan, current IBA Chief Executive, being appointed Deputy Chief Executive.

Speaking today following the historic vote Cathal said given the excellent working relationships built up by the two organisations in recent years Brokers Ireland will hit the ground running.  "I look forward to working with our broker members and representing them in a stronger and unified capacity. We aim to foster innovation and communication and we will work for positive change on behalf of the industry to benefit brokers and help them best serve Irish consumers and businesses."

While the official launch of Brokers Ireland will take place in the Autumn of 2017, work will begin immediately to create a smooth transition to Brokers Ireland which will be based at IBA's current offices in Merrion Square, Dublin 2.  Further updates on the merger and its planned progression will be circulated in due course. 


Largest life insurance payout last year revealed as €1.5 million to family after cancer death

The startling statistics revealed that one in two Irish women died from cancer

The largest individual life insurance payout last year was €1,500,000 to the family of a claimant in their 50s who died of lung cancer.

It was among the €171m in claims Irish Life dished out last year.

Other examples of claims paid out include €151,000 to the family of a claimant in their 30s who died of lymphatic cancer just 11 months after starting a life insurance policy.

Another claimant in their 50s who had a heart attack within the first year of their specified illness cover starting received a payment of €100,000.

A further claimant, aged in their 50s, who was diagnosed with throat cancer two years after their terminal illness cover began, was paid €225,000.

The average payment was €66,880 for life insurance claims, €62,229 for specified illness cover claims, and €94,860 for terminal illness claims.

A breakdown of the illnesses and conditions that led to the 2,600 Irish Life payments shows that cancer is the leading cause of death and illness in Ireland.

The startling statistics reveal that one in two Irish women (51%) died from cancer, compared to 41% of men. This is up from 48% and 39% respectively in 2015.

Accidents were the second biggest cause of life insurance claims.

The average age of people for accidental death claims was just 50, with men making up the majority (71%).

Nearly a quarter of all life insurance claims for people under 40 years were as a result of an accident, making it the second biggest cause of claims for this age-group, and worryingly, road traffic accidents accounted for 20% of all accidental deaths.

Martin Duffy from Irish Life said they paid out over €3.4 million a week on average.

He commented: "None of us can predict the future, however our 2016 report highlights how important it is that people protect themselves against any financial difficulties caused by unexpected illness or death.

"This is shown by the fact that accidents were the second biggest cause of life insurance claims for people under 40 years, while nearly 40% of our Specified Illness claims were for people under 50 years, which are startling figures.

“When we look at how young many of our claimants are, it’s worrying that a third of parents still say they’ve no life insurance at all. However, this seems to be changing, as Irish Life’s recent research carried out with RED C found that over 205,000 parents intend to buy life insurance this year, that’s over double the number when we last did this research in 2015.”

Mr Duffy also confirmed that Irish Life paid 95% of all life insurance and specified illness claims it received last year, saying those that were declined were due to non-disclosure of medical information or the illnesses not being covered.

Vape your way to a lower life insurance premium

Looking for ways to reduce your life insurance premium? Vaping, instead of smoking, can reduce your outlay on this grudge purchase. And we’re not talking about a small saving either!

Being a smoker carries a huge price when applying for life insurance. After all, think of it from the insurer’s point of view. If you are consistently damaging your health with a product known to cause cancer and make you die younger, then of course we are going to charge you through the nose. And not by a small bit – if you are a smoker, you are facing a much larger premium compared to a non smoker.

So where does vaping fit in? Are vapers classified as smokers? How will their life insurance premium be affected? Read on to find out.

The difference in premium

The difference in premium between a smoker and non-smoker when applying for life insurance is huge. To find out some exact figures I received a quote using this life insurance calculator which compares multiple insurance companies and distinguishes between smokers and non-smokers.

Applicant: Smoker

Date of birth: 1/1/1990

Life Insurance: Cover of €500,000, over 20 years, paying yearly

smoker insurance

Applicant: Non smoker

Date of birth: 1/1/1990

Life Insurance: Cover of €500,000, over 20 years, paying yearly


These quotes show that a smoker will pay up to 158% more than a non smoker.

To be classified as a non-smoker you will have to be off tobacco products for a minimum of 12 months. I’d try vaping now if I was you!

Vaping and smoking

The lines are still blurred when making the distinction between a smoker and a vaper (we know better though). So you can expect any insurance company to be cautious when it comes to this matter. However, the tides are slowly changing and some insurance companies are seeing the difference. Some Irish insurance companies are now treating e cigarette users as non-smokers, but not all of them. You will need to seek advice from a Broker to find the best deal for you.

A heavier wallet

We spoke before about how vaping can save the average smoker €3,200 a year. But that was simply due to the cost of purchasing the materials. By taking into account your insurance premium you are looking at a save of a lot more than that.

If you weren’t convinced of the financial benefit of vaping, you should be now.

So if you are a smoker then why not make the switch to e cigarettes today? Here at Wicked e-juice we are the only Irish manufacturer of e juice. We have a range of high quality starter kits and e juices to get you going on your journey to a heavier wallet.