Claire Loftus

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 Paul Anthony McDermott’s funeral was held in same church he   had married his wife Annick five years previously and where his sons  were baptised in the following years. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

Barrister Paul Anthony McDermott was remebered as a “fantastic father” and a person with “a great sense of justice” during his funeral Mass in Dublin.(...)

Online trade in illicit goods and services is no longer “merely a modus operandi, but an expanding, highly dynamic and substantial criminal market itself”. File photograph: Getty

Online trading of illicit goods and services “may eclipse” drug and human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants by European organised crime gangs,(...)

 Undated family handout file photo of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

The body of 39-year-old Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found close to a laneway near her holiday home, in the isolated townland of Drinane, outside (...)

The wait for a criminal trail in the Dublin Circuit court is approximately one and a half years, a delay in part due to a number of exceptionally long trials.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The introduction of pre-trial hearings could significantly shorten the delay in criminal trials coming to court, the Director of Public Prosecutions ((...)

The Four Courts. A judge has criticised DPP Claire Loftus for her unwillingness to respect a High Court ruling in a legal row over a State bid to seize €210,000 from card payments processor, Pacnet

A judge has criticised Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Claire Loftus for her unwillingness to respect a High Court ruling in a legal row over a (...)

Claire Loftus was addressing the annual National Prosecutors’ Conference in Dublin which considered matters arising from trials associated with Anglo Irish Bank, as well as other issues.

Reform of the way the courts handle criminal trials is now “urgent” because of the increased amount of digital and other evidence that is available, t(...)

Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus wrote in her 2017 annual report there is considerable pressure on resources in relation to the international work undertaken by her office.

A massive rise in the number of criminal investigations requiring international assistance is putting severe pressure on resources, the Director of Pu(...)

Michael Casey, Clonlong Halting Site, Limerick, had pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries, including one at the home of John O’Donoghue at Toomaline, Doon, on August 27th, 2015.

Longer sentences should be imposed for burglaries which are leaving elderly people in rural Ireland to “live in permanent fear or dread”, the Director(...)

Claire Loftus, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Up until very recently, almost the entire Irish justice and law enforcement structure was headed up by women. Susan Denham, Nóirín O’Sullivan, Máire (...)

Requests for reviews of decisions not to prosecute alleged sexual offences were successful in only 2 per cent of cases.

Decisions not to prosecute alleged sexual offences were reversed in just two per cent of cases where a request for a review of the original decision b(...)

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