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Dear FG, please copy and paste January 8, 2011

Posted by Tomboktu in Bunreacht na hÉireann, Complete nonsense, Fine Gael, Judiciary.
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Dear Fine Gael,

In light of the news that 22 judges are refusing to take a pay cut, and the failure to implement your 2009 promise to introduce a Constitutional amendment to allow judges’ pay to be reduced, Cedar Lounge Revolution is happy to present, for a second time (with the year changed), the English language text your party needs. Unlike the recently discussed plans to abolish the Seanad, this isn’t complicated and involves only one article in the Constitution. Could you arrange for it to be among our ballot papers on the day of the General Election, please.

 

With Kind Regards,

Tomboktu

(PS: Apologies that my Gaeilge is not up to doing the Irish texts, but I know that you have access to the necessary expertise.)

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Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2011

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As initiated

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TWENTY-SEVENTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION BILL,

2011

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Mar a tionscnáodh

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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1. Amendment of Article 35 of the Constitution.

2. Citation.

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TWENTY-SEVENTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION BILL,

2011

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BILL

entitled

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION.

WHEREAS by virtue of Article 46 of the Constitution any provision of the Constitution may be amended in the manner provided by that Article:

AND WHEREAS it is proposed to amend Article 35 of the Constitution:

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

1.–(1) Article 35 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:

(a) in the Irish text – [...],

(b) in the English text –

(i) the insertion of “except as provided for in section 6” after the word “office”, and

(ii) the insert of the following section after section 5–

“6 The remuneration of a judge may be reduced during her or his continuance in office only when and to the same extent that a reduction in pay is applied to a significant proportion of workers who remuneration is supplied from public funds.”.

2.–(1) The amendment of the Constitution effected by this Act shall be called the Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution.

(2) This Act may be cited as the Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Putting Manners on the Judiciary) Act, 2011.

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AN BILLE UM AN SEACHTÚ LEASÚ IS FICHE AR AN mBUNREACHT, 2011

TWENTY-SEVENTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION BILL, 2011

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EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

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Purpose of Bill

The Bill is designed to amend the Constitution in order to achieve the following purpose: To make it constitutional for the pay of members of the judiciary to be reduced provided that this is done in a way and at a time that is similar to any reduction that applies to other public sector workers.

 

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1. John Goodwillie - January 8, 2011

At any rate you’ve come up with better wording than Fine Gael themselves proposed, which contained some nonsense about grave economic crises or something that no judge could be expected to interpret. Though “a significant proportion” is unnecessarily vague.

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2. Jim Monaghan - January 9, 2011

Could we do something on the senior civil servants who dodged their cut?

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3. Observer - January 9, 2011

I’m a bit confused by this. Are FG being accused of not having published a bill like they promised, or are they being attacked for not having the bill succesfully brought through the Dail?

If its the first, then this story is daft as Fine Gael did publish a bill back in 2009.

You can access it from this link:http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2009/7109/B7109D-ENG.pdf

If its the second, then I am genuinely amazed.

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