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."

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