Wednesday 23 August 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: Judicial salary body would take the heat out of a growing crisis

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.

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