Longford district court judge’s expenses exceed €40k

Judge Seamus Hughes. Photo: molloyphotography
Figures released by the Courts Service today have revealed that the District Court judge for Longford claimed expenses in excess of €40,000 in 2012.

Figures released by the Courts Service today have revealed that the District Court judge for Longford claimed expenses in excess of €40,000 in 2012.

The total claimed by Judge Seamus Hughes, who also covers Athlone and Mullingar, was the second highest nationally, coming to a total of €42,217.06.

This included travel expenses of €8,970.62, subsistence payments of €31,981.44, and €1,265 for ‘judicial attire and incidental expenses’.

The highest claim was €45,222.43 by Judge Gerard Furlong, a District Court judge who substitutes for other judges around the country.

Judge Anthony Hunt, who sits at Longford Circuit Court, claimed a total €23,410.06, which broke down to €6,023.34 for travel and €17,386.72 in subsistence.

The list also included figures for Longford natives serving on the judiciary. Circuit Court judges Raymond Groarke and Leonie Reynolds claimed € 24,092.85 and €15,158.71 respectively, while District Court judge Alan Mitchell claimed € 16,247.99.

According to Department of Public Expenditure and Reform figures, a District Court judge has a salary of €136,124, while a Circuit Court judge’s is €156,248.