Tuesday 22 August 2017

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

The elite sit smugly in a cocoon while the rest of us pick up the tab, writes Gene Kerrigan

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?

Okay, then. Obviously I've got hold of the wrong end of the gavel.

Can't help thinking, though: what if it was the other way around? What if the Supreme Court was ruling on an issue that affected the pensions of ministers and the Taoiseach had a meeting with the Chief Justice, at which this was raised?

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