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# Judges Pay

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# A House Divided
Let’s figure this out – what’s the real plural of referendum?
It often seems as if the debate on pluralising ‘referendum’ can be as divisive as the issues being voted upon. So who’s right?
# pay cheque
State paid judges €27 million in 2011
This figure is likely to be significantly lower in 2012 after the results of last year’s referendum on judges’ pay.
# Prime Numbers
Questions, run-offs and the latest census: the week in numbers
Plus: what’s Ireland’s fastest-growing town – and how much does it cost to rent a parking pace for a civil servant?
# October 27
Commission criticises short window for publishing referendum guides
The Referendum Commission had 23 days to write, design and print its guide for the Oireachtas Inquiries referendum – and will only have 27 for the Fiscal Compact…
# Referendums
43 per cent of voters didn't understand Oireachtas Inquiries referendum by polling day
Only 57 per cent of voters claimed to understand the proposal, compared to 71 per cent who understood plans on judges’ pay.
# Expenses
33 per cent drop in judicial costs over past four years
The costs of transport, accommodation and judicial attire has dropped in recent years – even as the number of judges in the country has risen.
# Pensions
In full: what former ministers get after the government's new levy
We’ve gone through the list of ministerial pensions to see precisely how each living former minister is hit by the various levies.
# Pensions
Higher pension levy hits Ahern and Cowen - by €80 a week
High earners will still keep the vast majority of their huge pensions, as Brendan Howlin admits there is little the government can do.
# Judges Pay
Bill to cut judges' pay rubber-stamped by TDs
The bill, which emerged from last month’s referendum, was passed in the Dáil last night.
# Pension cut
Government announces cut to public sector pensions over €100k
Brendan Howlin made the announcement during a debate on the legislation which will cut judges’ pay.
# Household charge
Household charge legislation to be pushed through ahead of Budget
The final legal measures to cut judges’ pay will also be voted on by the Dáil this week.
# Referendum
Fianna Fáil lashes out at 'arrogance' of government over inquiries referendum
The government has said it’s disappointed that the Oireachtas inquiries referendum has been defeated, while Fianna Fáil has said that the public response is ‘loud and clear’.
# Referendums
Amendment on Oireachtas inquiries is defeated
However, Brendan Howlin indicated earlier that we haven’t heard the end of the issue – and we may go to the polls on a new version.
# Referendums
Referendum on judges' pay is passed with huge majority
However, nearly 38,000 votes were spoiled in the vote to change the Constitution to allow the cutting of judicial salaries.
AS IT HAPPENED
Liveblog: Michael D Higgins elected President - as it happened
With the support of over a million voters, Michael D Higgins was named Ireland’s ninth president in Dublin Castle. Here’s how a historical day’s events unfolded.
AS IT HAPPENED
Liveblog: The 2011 Presidential election count, Day 2: 9am-3:15pm
Michael D Higgins creeps towards the quota as the Fourth Count results begin to come in. Keep up with all the results, news and analysis on our continuing liveblog
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
In tonight’s Fix: Ireland goes to the polls, markets embrace the Greece deal, how much you’ll pay for an iPhone 4S, and just what DID cause Monday night’s flooding?
# Race for the Áras
Presidential candidates split on referendums voting
While some candidates have revealed their voting intentions, others have declined to comment.
# Referendums
Gilmore defends referendums after AGs urge 'No' vote
Eight former attorneys general signed a public letter saying that the two constitutional amendments will endanger individual rights and judicial independence.
# October 27
Kenny, Gilmore speak out for Yes vote in two referenda
The government leaders come out in force as the Irish Council for Civil Liberties hails declining support for Oireachtas inquiries.
Voices
Column: Cutting judges’ pay has a price – and it’s not worth it
A Yes vote on Thursday won’t benefit anyone much – but it will mean a serious compromise to our constitution, writes Sinéad Keogh.
# Your Say
Poll: How will you vote on the judges' pay referendum?
Today we’re asking how you plan to vote on one of the two referendums which are taking place on 27 October alongside the Presidential election.
# Referendum Guide
What are the two referendums about? Your guide to the 27 October ballot
Two referendums are being voted on alongside the Dublin West by-election and the Presidential election: one concerns judges’ pay and the other concerns giving powers of inquiry to the Oireachtas.
# referenda
Poll shows support for passing two referendums
Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil is urging the Government to publish the text of the referenda as a matter of urgency.
# Constitution
Referendums confirmed on Oireachtas inquiries and judges' pay
Minister Phil Hogan has suggested that unemployed people could be given jobs at polling stations during the ballots.
# Expenses
Total for judges' travel and clothing expenses tops half a million euro
Details of 40 District and Circuit Court judges’ expenses have been revealed…
# Judicial Pay
Retired judge to oversee referendum on judges' pay
Bryan MacMahon, formerly of the High Court, will chair the Referendum Commission overseeing next month’s referendum.
# Referendum
Top judges face 23pc pay cut if referendum is passed - Shatter
The minister publishes draft legislation to cut judges’ pay, which will be enacted if the public approves October’s referendum.
# Judges Pay
New Chief Justice rejects €38k pay rise
Chief Justice Susan Denham says the judiciary does not oppose a referendum allowing their pay to be cut – and has refused a pay rise of €38,044.
# Referendum
Cabinet approves autumn referendum on allowing pay cuts for judges
The Cabinet approves plans for a public vote on removing the safeguard for judges’ pay, alongside the Presidential election.