Chief Justice reportedly refuses €5,200 pay rise

Chief Justice reportedly refuses €5,200 pay rise

Mr Justice Clarke

Chief Justice Frank Clarke has reportedly refused to accept a €5,200 pay rise approved by government ministers.

Ministers decided this week to push ahead with a two per cent pay increase for judges across the board.

The increase will give an extra €2,543 per year to a District Court judge and an extra €4,095 to a Supreme Court judge.

However, the pay increase – which is actually a pay restoration following the cuts in judicial salaries after the 2008 economic crash – has been met with criticism as wages in general stagnate against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chief Justice’s reported decision not to accept the pay increase could lead to pressure on other judges to do the same, the Irish Independent reports.

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