Thursday, 03 November 2011 00:00
Voters approve amendment on cuts to judicial salaries and refuse proposal to provide additional powers to the national Parliament.
The two referendums were held on the same day as the 2011 presidential election on 27 October.
Voters approved, by a large majority, the Twenty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland which will remove the prohibition of the reduction of the salaries of Irish judges.
Under the Irish Constitution, a judge's salary could not be reduced during their term of office. That was originally intended to protect the independence of the judiciary by preventing governments from using salary cuts as a threat to contentious judges.
A proposed Thirtieth Amendment to give greater powers to Parliament committees investigating matters of public importance was rejected by the electorate.
The rejected amendment was promoted by the Irish government, which was seeking to overturn a ruling from the Supreme Court of Ireland which prevented the Parliament from investigating the circumstances of a police shooting in 2000.