Sunday 18 February 2018

Public to decide on pay cut for judges

Independent.ie reporters

A referendum on whether judicial pay should be reduced in line with other public sector salaries will be held on the same day as the presidential election.

If passed it will allow the Government to cut the pay of all judges – at present the Constitution prevents it from doing so.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter confirmed the move after a morning cabinet meeting.

Mr Shatter said the judiciary should not be viewed as an “elite” immune from the economic downturn that has hit the country.

The previous government planned to bring in a 10pc reduction for new judges but the measure was never implemented.

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