History made as first woman appointed DPP
A criminal law solicitor has made legal history after being appointed the first female DPP.
The appointment of Claire Loftus (44), who will replace James Hamilton next month, means that the three most senior legal officers in the State are all women.
The roles of the DPP, Chief Justice and Attorney General are now held, for the first time, by female lawyers following the recent appointments of Supreme Court judge Susan Denham as Chief Justice and senior counsel Maire Whelan as Attorney General.
Since 2009, Ms Loftus has held the role of head of the directing division at the office of the DPP and had been expected to secure the top job.
Ms Loftus will succeed Mr Hamilton when he retires on November 7.