GARDAI investigating the alleged rape of a young student by a Dublin taxi driver have sent a file to the DPP requesting that the driver be charged, independent.ie understands.
It has emerged that detectives investigating the woman's allegations have sent a file to the DPP - containing a request that the suspect be charged with rape.
The DPP's office will now consider the evidence against the taxi driver. It could be six months before the office decides whether the man should be charged or not.
The alleged rape happened in the Phoenix Park, north Dublin, in the early hours of October 1.
The 20-year-old woman was travelling in a taxi from the Copper Face Jacks nightclub on Harcourt Street in the south inner city towards north Dublin when the cab took a diversion into the park.
Garda sources have said they are confident the suspect, who is in his early 40s, will be charged.
The Dublin taxi was seized by gardai for a forensic examination in the days following the rape claim.
The woman, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of her alleged ordeal, has claimed that the driver raped her close to the Wellington Monument. After the alleged incident, it is then claimed that he dropped her to her student accomodation.
The girl alerted campus security who immediately contacted gardai. She handed over her mobile phone to gardai, since it contained the driver's phone number.
Gardai carried out a number of interviews with the driver following the alleged rape. The man has claimed he had consensual sex with the student.