Judges Pay Referendum

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So it looks like we will be having another referendum in Ireland this year. Unfortunately its not the long awaited Children’s Right Referendum, but a referendum to remove Article 35.5 from Bunreacht na hEireann.

That article states

The remuneration of a judge shall not be reduced during his continuance in office.

This article was included to ensure that the Government of the day did not punish judges through their pay. While this may have been seen as an important safeguard in the 1930’s, is it still needed?

The reason that it is being put forward is that due to the austerity measures introduced and the new levies and taxes, they could not be applied to judges due to this article.

I have a feeling that this referendum will be like the Bail Referendum in 1996 (74.83% YES), and the Local Government Referendum in 1999 (77.83% YES).

I believe the yes vote will be of a similar margin if not higher as I cannot foresee their being a major No Campaign, unless of course some people in Law Library get involved, but I can’t see that happening.

So we have a boring campaign to look forward to I think. But out of curiosity, how will you vote?

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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