Our judiciary was paid €27,748,576 ~ 8 justices of the Supreme Court, 37 justices of the High Court, 37 judges of the Circuit Court and 59 district justices.
One of the bugbears of citizens is the payment of pensions to former Ministers and other office holders while they continue to hold elected office. A total of €4,467,657 was paid in respect of politicians’ pensions last year, including those currently in office and those no longer active in politics.
The list includes former Attorney General and subsequently AIB Chairman Dermot Gleeson SC (€49,841) and tribunal witnesses Liam T Cosgrave (€18,736) and Ray Burke (€56,260).
Current office holders paid severance payments include Bertie Ahern (€68,337) and Tom Kitt (€23,641). Kitt is Chairman of the Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Four MEP’s, 25 TD’s and one senator are among the following current office holders received pension payments in 2008:
|Bernard Allen||TD and Chair PAC||FG||6,021|
|Sean Barrett||TD and Chair||FG||54,033|
|Proinsias de Rossa||MEP||Lab||13,833|
|Bernard Durkan||TD and Chair||FG||6,020|
|Frank Fahey||TD and Chair||FF||47,874|
|Pat the Cope Gallagher||MEP||FF||16,372|
|Michael D Higgins||TD||Lab||19,469|
|Michael J. Noonan||TD||FG||43,842|
|Mary O’Rourke||TD and Chair||FF||55,504|
|Noel Tracey||TD and Chair||FF||40,212|
|Michael Woods||TD and Chair||FF||109,190|