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Gene Kerrigan: My heart bleeds for our poor judges

Stop wasting money on children and the elderly -- it's time to look after the judiciary, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 22/05/2011 | 05:00

THERE'S a positive side to an economic crisis -- albeit, a bitter one. When an economy falls through the floor, the various interests in society scramble to protect their asses. In normal times, the powerful look after one another. In times of severe stress, the solidarity cracks and we get a hint of friction behind the scenes.

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In a private meeting with the Taoiseach, the Chief Justice discussed the effect of the pension levy on judges' pensions.

Then the judges authorised one of their number to put their case to an Irish Times journalist, off the record. And last week, unbidden by his Lordships, former PD leader Michael McDowell leapt into the debate, in an article in this newspaper.

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