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Rolling costs: Premium hike threatens skate team

Rolling costs: Premium hike threatens skate team


Threatened: Valentina Nicosia with members of the Dublin Roller Derby at Inchicore Community Sports Centre. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Threatened: Valentina Nicosia with members of the Dublin Roller Derby at Inchicore Community Sports Centre. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Sky-high insurance costs threaten to put the skids on the Dublin Roller Derby league.

The roller skaters train in the Dublin City Council-owned community hall in Inchicore five times a week. To use the hall, they need public liability insurance.

However, their new premium has jumped from €3,000 to €10,000 – threatening the future of the team. They have been told their sport is being re-classified and is now in the same category as sky-diving.

“I’m really struggling to resolve that (premium hike),” said spokesperson Sara Devine. “I don’t see what the difference is between roller derby and rugby or GAA. Unlike those sports, we wear padded protection and have helmets.”

There are currently 90 members of the Dublin Roller Derby league, some of whom featured in an Eir advert last year, and they each pay €45 a month.

They also fundraise and have sponsors to help meet their running costs, including the cost of hiring the hall and insurance.

Ms Devine said they would be unable to pay €10,000 for insurance and were being “priced out” of their beloved sport.

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Irish Independent

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