The Independent is reporting that Chief Justice Susan Denham has declined the hike in salary that comes with her elevation and will stay at her current salary: "Supreme Court judges earn €257,872 and Mrs Justice Denham will maintain her current salary despite her promotion.
It is understood she has, in line with other superior court judges, already taken a voluntary pay cut in lieu of the controversial 2009 public sector pension levy."
A voluntary pay cut by all judges in line with that imposed on public sector employees would have allowed the judiciary to claim the moral highground and protected the institution from attack. There is still time. The proposed referendum could be withdrawn as moot.
Tom O'Malley's excellent piece on challenges facing the system is also a must read for those with any interest in these issues.