Friday 28 April 2017

Bring down the gavel on frictions between the State and legal profession

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking with Alan Shatter
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking with Alan Shatter
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE Westport Entente doesn't have quite the same ring to it as the Magna Carta or the Treaty of Versailles. But there was no mistaking the fact that a certain peace broke out when Taoiseach Enda Kenny and newly appointed Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald pressed the flesh at the Bar Council's conference.

Relations between the Government and barristers, as well as their solicitor and judicial brethren, have been under enormous strain since the onset of the recession.

Like most contested divorces, fault lies on both sides. Judges failed to play their part in 2009 when the bench declined, en masse, to take a voluntary pay cut in lieu of the mandatory pension levy imposed on all public sector workers.

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