A large majority of the country's judges have agreed to take a voluntary cut in their salaries.

According to the Revenue Commissioners, 111 out of 141 of the country's judges have so far made voluntary contributions.

Today's figures show that payments amounting to €698,000 have been given back to the Exchequer.

In addition, standing orders worth €55,000 per month have also been given.

The Revenue Commissioners said today there is no specific time frame in which payments must be made.

The Chief Justice John Murray issued a statement last year saying judges considered it 'a matter of duty' to meet their responsibilities.

There have also been calls from the Opposition to hold a referendum to allow pay cuts for judges to be imposed.