Limerick man begins hunger strike over insurance claim for stolen car

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A Limerick man has gone on hunger strike in protest at an insurance company’s refusal to pay out on a policy for his car, which was stolen and burned out while he was in prison.

A Limerick man has gone on hunger strike in protest at an insurance company’s refusal to pay out on a policy for his car, which was stolen and burned out while he was in prison.

Gerry McDonagh, of Fedamore, today began picketing the AXA Insurance offices on O’Connell Street as part of his campaign to have them pay out on a policy worth €24,000 for his Toyota Auris, which was destroyed in July 2009.

Mr McDonagh began his hunger strike on Saturday, having last week told the Limerick Leader that he was prepared to die in his campaign for “justice”.

Speaking this Monday, he said that he has been on a diet of “tea and water” since Saturday, and expects to be in hospital “by the end of the week”.

Mr McDonagh claims his car was stolen and burned out while he was being held on remand for assault charges in July 2009. He was later convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.

His family previously lived in Abbeyfeale, where they were linked to assaults, shootings and arson attacks. Mr McDonagh said that he knows that one of his sons stole the car, but claims that they did not set fire to it.

It is understood that the insurance company are refusing to pay out as there is a dispute over whether or not the car has been officially reported as stolen.

For more, see this week’s Limerick Leader weekend edition