Labour MEP Phil Prendergast has said that the judiciary’s claim that a cut in their pay would affect Ireland’s international reputation and compromise their independence is dubious to say the least.
The Clonmel politician said - “The judiciary wants an independent body rather than a referendum to decide on its pay rates as though they are somehow more at arm’s length from the government than the people are.
“The judiciary would have a point if their proposed pay cut could be connected to a particular effort on Government’s part to undermine them, but that’s plainly not the case. The proposal to cut judges’ pay is a consequence of our economic plight and consistent with pay cuts taken across the public and private service. There is no other motive”.