NOMINATO IL NUOVO DIRETTORE DEL PUBLIC PROSECUTION SERVICE
New PPS director appointed (UTV)
Former solicitor Barra McGrory QC has been appointed the new Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.
Mr McGrory was previously a partner in a solicitor’s firm founded by his late father, Paddy McGrory – who represented the families of those killed in Gibraltar, including Mairead Farrell.
After working in criminal law, he became the first solicitor in Northern Ireland to be appointed as a QC.
On Monday Mr McGrory, a fluent Gaelic speaker, said:
“The Public Prosecution Service is at the core of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland and leading it at this important time will be a great privilege.”
The appointment of a DPP has been the responsibility of Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin, since the devolution of policing and justice powers to the region in 2010.
Mr Larkin said: “I look forward to working with Barra as he leads the Public Prosecution Service through the challenges it faces in the years ahead.
“It is only right that I take this opportunity to pay tribute to Barra’s predecessor Sir Alasdair Fraser QC and the previous Acting Director Jim Scholes; both of whom are public servants of immense ability and dedication.”