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Pay cut for State lawyers

BARRISTERS who work for the State are set to be slapped with an 8pc pay cut.

The move means that legal eagles who represent the Director of Public Prosecutions will have experienced a 20pc drop in fees since 2008.

And it is likely to spark a further reduction in pay for barristers on the defence benches as their pay is usually set against that of the State barristers.

The Bar Council met yesterday with officials from the DPP's office to discuss the issue.

The cuts will affect the likes of top senior counsels Brendan Grehan and Mary Ellen Ring who acted on behalf of the defence and the State respectively during the recent Celine Cawley trial. The move is part of the Department of Justice's cost-cutting plans, a significant part of which is to reduce the State's legal aid bill.