Judges have asked the government for a special deal on pensions as part of the public service pay talks, claiming that their retirement packages are anything but “gold-plated or platinum”.
In a series of letters between May and July, the judiciary told Paschal Donohoe, the finance minister, that no other group of people had been hit with as many different pay cuts and other budgetary measures during the financial crisis.
The Association of Judges in Ireland expressed concern that they were going to be penalised again, this time for having “accelerated” pensions. Like soldiers and gardai, their pensions build up more quickly than those of other public servants.
The government is planning to hit these fast-track pensions with higher levies, but the judges argue they…