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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.

Image: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AP/Press Association Images

LEGISLATION ALLOWING THE Government to cut salaries in the judiciary has been passed by the Dáil.

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Amendment) Bill, which passed a constitutional referendum with a large popular majority last month, will mean the Government can reduce judges’ pay in line with other public sector workers.

TDs voted to approve the bill by a majority of 77 to 34 last night.

The legislation will now go forward to the Seanad next week. It is expected to pass into law early in the new year.

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