Judges tell Govt some of them are 'struggling to get by' on six-figure salaries

Judges have told the Government they are struggling to get by on six-figure salaries.

The Association of Judges says it is concerned at a delay in pay restoration for its members.

Salaries were cut by between 24% and 30% during the financial crisis, meaning a District Court judge now earns more than €111,000 instead of €123,000 before the cut.

According to the Irish Examiner, judges have written to the Government claiming they cannot afford to wait for pay to be restored.

In a letter to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, AJI president George Birmingham wrote: "it is the case that there are members of the judiciary who are struggling to get by and can ill afford to wait".

George Birmingham.

"Moreover, because the restoration will not take place on the due date and on the same date as all the other public servants that are benefitting there is a real risk that when the restoration eventually takes place that it will be misreported in the media as representing some sort of special increase for judges."

More in this Section

Cork man faces retrial on robbery charge after judge's 'erroneous reference'

Pilot denies email was an attempt to bring Ryanair 'to its knees'

Supergrass Haggarty warned police of plots to kill two men, court told

Man jailed for fraudulently claiming over €136,000 in welfare payments

Today's Stories

Quarter of early years staff short on references

Man accused of stealing paninis opts for jury trial

€10m works to rectify dangerous bends on Kerry road

RSA honours man left paralysed after traffic collision 11 years ago for road safety work


Wishlist: Must-have Christmas gifts and the joy of Ikea

Timing is everything as The Frank and Walters revisit 'Grand Parade'

A question of taste: Eileen O'Shea

Eoghan O'Sullivan's picks his highlights of 2017

More From The Irish Examiner