Judges bow to pressure on pay cuts
Published 18/01/2010 | 13:56
Some 111 of the country's judges have bowed to pressure and will cut their own pay by a total of €750,000.
The Revenue Commissioners said the majority of the judiciary - some of whom earn up to €300,000 a year - have made payments or agreed to sacrifice part of their salaries.
Some €698,000 has been paid by judges who offered to match the public sector pension levy.
Commitments have also been made to pay €55,200 a month to the Revenue via standing orders and bank transfers.
"It is important to emphasise that these voluntary payments can be made at any time and at varying frequencies," the Revenue Commissioners said.
"There is no single specific 'due date' by which payments must be made and further payments continue to be received."
Salaries of the country's 142 judges are protected by Article 35.5 of the Constitution, which states that "the remuneration (pay) of a judge shall not be reduced during his continuance in office".
Last June, Chief Justice John L Murray issued a statement following criticism of the judiciary claiming his colleagues on the bench considered it a matter of duty to meet their responsibilities.