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Government announces appointment of first female DPP

Claire Loftus will succeed James Hamilton as the Director of Public Prosecutions when the latter retires in two weeks’ time.

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IRELAND IS to appoint its first female Director of Public Prosecutions next month.

The Government today appointed Claire Loftus to fill the role, which will be vacated by the current director James Hamilton when he retires in just under a fortnight’s time.

A government statement said Loftus had over 18 years experience working in criminal law. She has most recently served as the Head of the Directing Division in the DPP’s office.

Prior to that appointment, in 2009, she had served as the Chief Prosecution Solicitor in that office.

Her appointment follows that of Justice Susan Denham as Ireland’s first female Chief Justice, and Máire Whelan as Ireland’s first female attorney-general.

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