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Haughey asked to intervene for judges

Fergus Black

Published 30/12/2010 | 05:00

A JUDGE asked then Taoiseach Charles Haughey to intervene to help end the "scandal" of Circuit Court judges getting lower income tax expense allowances than some of their colleagues on the bench.

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Judge Frank Roe, who was secretary of the Circuit Court judges, pleaded with Mr Haughey for help to offset their expenses after Finance Minister Michael O'Kennedy turned down their claim for a £2,500 income tax allowance.

"I would ask you to have a word with Michael and see that justice is done," Mr Roe wrote in one letter in September 1980.

The judge said it was a "scandal" that High Court and Supreme Court judges were allowed £2,500 against their income tax and Dublin Circuit Court judges were allowed £1,600 -- but the judges who went out on circuit were only allowed £800.

Details of the judicial spat are revealed in state papers.

Mr O'Kennedy pointed out the flat-rate expense allowances members of the judiciary received were "exceptionally generous".

Mr Roe wrote to Mr Haughey twice between August and September 1980 pleading that unless he did something for them "we will get nowhere".

Mr Haughey promised, in a letter dated August 19, to talk to his finance minister.

Irish Independent

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