Friday 24 November 2017

Judgment day beckons for our well-paid, elitist beaks

The battle over judges' pay only highlights the disconnect between the judiciary and the public, writes John Drennan

So are we, amidst all our troubles, now about to experience the great mutiny of the judiciary?

The response of the beaks last week to the Government's proposed constitutional crusade on judicial pay certainly suggests we are veering towards the most serious constitutional crisis since the former Fine Gael Minister for Defence, Paddy Donegan, provoked the resignation of Cearbhall O Dalaigh after calling the then President "a thundering disgrace".

It was rumoured that a stronger adjective was used at the time and, sadly, plenty of ministers and TDs were using similar language about the current judiciary last week.

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