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The Constitution of Ireland provides that crimes and offences are to be prosecuted in the name of the People. The Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974, established the office of Director of Public Prosecutions as an independent office. The Director makes decisions independently of all other bodies and institutions, including both the Government and the Garda Síochána, and decisions are taken free from political or other influence.

The Director's Office aims to operate to the highest professional standards and to treat all those with whom it has dealings fairly, equally, and consistently without any wrongful discrimination.