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Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross



Earlier: A Personal Agenda


90297625Justice Adrian Hardiman

Possibly brooding over these figures.
salariesFrom the 2010 table of salaries of 45 countries by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice. Ireland came second only to the UK in judges’ starting salaries.


The Association of Judges of Ireland says take-home pay for serving judges has fallen by a third since 2009 and up to 45 per cent for new judges.
It has expressed “grave concerns” about pension terms for incoming judges, who – under the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 – will have to serve 20 years instead of 15 before they can draw a full pension.
Future appointees must also pay a 13 per cent contribution towards their pension, instead of 4 per cent by serving judges.
The association said the extension to 20 years before a full pension entitlement is acquired had “considerable consequences for both quality and experience” of future candidates.

“Grave concerns” .

Similar to the “generational damage” the Irish Medical Organistation spoke of last week?

*puts on kettle*

Judges say take-home pay has fallen by a third since 2009 (Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Irish Times)

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice, PDF 17.6MB

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

Honohan Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan (above) told RTÉ this morning that the row between the Government and the judiciary has come about from a “sense of entitlement” that judges should be consulted over any proposed new legislation.

It follows Justice Peter Kelly’s criticism in the Sunday Business Post of new rules governing the judiciary.

Justice Master Honohan said there was no question that the judicial independence and integrity was under challenge.

“I’m sorry to say this, but I think Judge Kelly has got it wrong. He’s over the top here. There’s no question at all that the judicial independence and integrity is under challenge in any way. Judges, when they’re appointed, leave politics behind them. Now all of this brouhaha seems to be about some sort of sense of entitlement that judges are entitled to be consulted when the minister or the Government proposes new legislation of one sort or another. Sorry, but that’s just not correct.”

“Really there is no need for this hysteria about it and it seems to me that the minister probably has the better grasp of constitutional propriety about it. He’s moving in the right direction.
“In general, it seems to me that most judges would be upset this morning at going into court thinking that the public regards them as having a heightened sense of self-entitlement and concern about their status in society.”


Watch here

‘Sense of entitlement’ behind judicial row – Honohan (RTÉ)

Judges issue statement in support of judicial independence (Irish Times)

(Pic: RTÉ)



The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, above, has responded to Master Honohan’s comments, saying Master Honohan has no authority to speak on behalf of the court or its judges.

Mr Justice Kearns said the concerns about judicial independence are well founded.

Meanwhile, the Association of Judges of Ireland has released a statement saying Master Honohan is a quasi-judicial officer only.

Although he probably earns more money.

Master of the Court has ‘no authority’ to speak on behalf of court or judges – Justice Kearns (RTÉ)

Pic: James Horan/Photocall

‘Bemused Viewer’ writes:

You know the way this public service [early retirement scheme] thing kicks off today? Last night on [RTE 1]  news at nine they said it won’t effect anything really..health, etc..but Ingrid Miley [employment correspondent] reported there’s a shortage of judges and sittings are already being cancelled. Pretty serious right?  Well I haven’t seen anything on this anywhere else and on RTE ‘s playback of the news  they recorded the bit up to and after when Ingrid spoke. Weird.



Midnight Is The Public Service Deadline (RTE)