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Thursday 23 October 2014

Gene Kerrigan: I'd love to be a judge, if I had the Latin 

Forgive what might be a silly question, but is this allowed? The Government has made a decision affecting the taxation of judges' pensions -- and the country's most senior judge had a routine private meeting with the Taoiseach, at which the taxation of judges' pay was reportedly raised. In my layman's ignorance, I thought there were rules about things like that? Separation of the powers of the judiciary and the executive? Independence of said powers -- all that stuff? No?

Gene Kerrigan: Time to separate politics and money 

Many moons ago, my then boss Vincent Browne imposed a ban on corporate donations. (It's as easy as that, Enda -- just do it.) This came to mind last week, while Fine Gael was shrugging off its embarrassment over the Moriarty report revelations -- in particular, the sneaky games the party played to hide a donation of 50 grand. It happened a long time ago, Fine Gael says. Everything's different now. Today, it's all about openness and transparency.

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