Tuesday 24 January 2017

Who is judging our judges?

Published 16/11/2010 | 07:25

POLITICIANS and bureaucrats, and especially ministers in the present Government, are often accused of living in the past, meaning three years ago or 10 years ago or 50 years ago. One might wonder whether judges outdo them by living in the 18th Century.

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Judges have extraordinary perks, paid for by that ultimate beast of burden, the Irish taxpayer. For example, they get almost €10,000 a year to keep a private study at home. They can claim for new gowns (every three years) and frock coats.

Those garments are rarely worn by their lordships or anyone else, and would appear to hark back to past ages. The regime for travel and subsistence expenses is decidedly modern.

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