Galway Community Circus Statement regarding Insurance Crisis

The national insurance sector crisis is impacting the activities of Galway Community Circus.

Dear Galway Community Circus Members, Parents and Guardians,

We are writing to you to let you know about how the national insurance sector crisis is impacting the activities of Galway Community Circus. Ireland’s mounting insurance crisis is resulting in organisation closures, affecting leisure and recreational facilities, sports activities and outdoor pursuits. Due to the national withdrawal of underwriters in Ireland, organisations are facing an impossible scenario of not getting quotes or cover, for their practices.

Unfortunately, Galway Community Circus is one of the organisations impacted. In 2016 the insurance premium for Galway Community Circus was €4,500 which jumped to €15,886.50 in 2017. In 2018 we managed to secure cover with an UK based company. This year, after months of endless hours of research and negotiation, we have been able to secure just one quote for insurance cover for our organisation for €23,890. Unfortunately, this excludes any aerial acrobatics or any activity above 1.5m.

We have been forced to accept this quote until we find a more suitable long-term solution. It is our intention to continue to work with our partners including Galway 2020, The Arts Council, Galway City Council, Alliance for Insurance Reform and Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network to find a solution to this issue.

What does this mean for you?

All our classes will operate at normal times from Monday 18 November onward. Our class plans will be adapted to meet the requirements of the new insurance cover. This means that we will not be able to offer aerial activities until further notice while arranging alternative separate insurances for this area. We understand this is disappointing to some of you and we want to assure you that we will do everything within our power to find a solution. We will organise a community meeting around this issue in the coming weeks but, in the meantime, if you would like to speak to us about your individual class, please contact our Head of Education Amelie on 085 1117224. If you have any questions related to our insurance cover, please contact our General Manager Fiona on 085 1117224. Any inquiries relating to press please contact: Dani Gill, Communications Manager: dani@galwaycircus.com

How can you support us?

We urge you to follow and show your support to the Alliance for Insurance Reform on social media (@insurancereformireland or insurancereform.ie) The Alliance is a representative group formed with the sole objective of reducing spiraling insurance costs in Ireland to sustainable levels and they are working hard voluntarily to ensure a national insurance reform and a future for Irish organisations.

Without national insurance reform our organisation will not be able to offer our services to the community in the future, therefore leaving 650 Galway youths without the activity they have chosen as part of their personal, creative and physical development. The health and safety and happiness of our members has always been paramount in everything we do and we continue to work hard to ensure a bright future for the Circus. We would like to thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

Yours Sincerely,

Board of Directors of Galway Community Circus