Written Answers. - Office of Director of Public Prosecutions.

John Bruton

Question:

35 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Taoiseach if he intends to maintain the independence of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions; and his views on whether Ministers and other public representatives should be allowed to make representations to, and comment publicly on decisions of the Director. [878/94]

In enacting the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974, the Oireachtas decided that the Director of Public Prosecutions should be independent in the performance of his functions in order to guard against undue and inappropriate pressures being brought to bear in particular cases.

I do not see how that independence would be maintained under a system where his decisions are subject to review or justification. Therefore I have no plans to amend the legislation.