Dearbhail McDonald: Judicial salary body would take the heat out of a growing crisis
Published 12/07/2011 | 05:00
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter got one thing in the ongoing judges' dispute right. This was his acknowledgement that the publication of a 12-page memo sent by the judiciary to the Government on the forthcoming referendum on their pay was a side issue. It is.
Earlier this year the Government, under the guise of unnamed sources who could only have been briefed on a private meeting held between the Taoiseach and chief justice, revealed details of that meeting which included concerns raised by the chief justice about the impact of changes to public-sector pensions on judges.
They also wasted no time in leaking the judges' memo last week when it received what was intended to be a private correspondence between one organ of government to the other.