The Minister of State with responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance has said there is "absolutely a will" to solve the insurance crisis.

Minister Michael D'Arcy said he has moved four pieces of legislation aimed at targeting rising costs of insurance that he hopes will get through both Houses of the Oireachtas by the end of the summer.

He said he was determined to reduce the levels of awards and wanted to protect businesses.

Speaking on RTÉ's Claire Byrne Live, Mr D'Arcy said he wanted to "dismantle the system" but that it is "not easy" to take on lawyers, judge and insurance companies.

He said he hopes to have this concluded by the end of the summer session, and has requested an early signature motion so the President can sign off on the Judicial Council Bill.

Last September, the Personal Injuries Commission made 14 recommendations aimed at impacting the overall Irish claims environment.

The Commission's Chairperson Justice Nicholas Kearns said that compensation payments for soft tissue injuries like whiplash are 4.4 times higher  than awards to claimants in England or Wales for similar injuries.

Justice Kearns said the Commission acknowledged the need to ensure that all genuinely injured claimants receive adequate compensation.

"However, we must also recognise the negative impact of high insurance premiums on consumers and businesses.

"Therefore, one of the key recommendations in the Report is that the Judicial Council, when established, would be requested to compile Judicial Guidelines for personal injury awards, similar to the system in Northern Ireland and in the UK. This will be facilitated by the early establishment of the Judicial Council," said Justice Kearns.