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Chief Justice discusses pension concerns with taoiseach

The Chief Justice John Murray has met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and voiced concerns about the impact a new cap on public sector pension funds might have on judges’ retirements.

Chief Justice John L Murray.
Chief Justice John L Murray.
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CHIEF JUSTICE John Murray has met with the taoiseach to discuss the impact that changes in tax might have on judges’ pensions.

Murray met with Enda Kenny last Thursday for a courtesy visit and raised the issue then, RTÉ reports.

Up until 2005, those working in the public sector were able to avail of significant tax relief on accumulated pension funds – and some of those working in the higher echelons of the public sector created pension funds worth millions.

The latest budget saw such funds capped at €2.3 million.

High earning public sector workers will now be forced to pay tax on any surplus funds in their accounts within three months after retirement.

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