'Judiciary is just like any other sector'
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has defended his decision to ask the judiciary to look at their weekly hours as well as their two-month summer holidays.
He said it was not unreasonable to ask the judiciary, along with every other sector in the public service, to examine where savings could be achieved.
He believed his suggestion did not interfere with the independence of the judiciary or undermine the administration of justice.
Mr Shatter, who was answering questions after chairing the first day of the EU justice and home affairs meeting at Dublin Castle, said he was surprised at the publicity given to the letter.