The Irish media is reporting that the Department of Finance is considering liquidating the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and handing over the assets to the Department for Social Protection.
The report is in response to the OPDs latest report on the financial health of the department.
In its first report published in January 2018, the ODP stated that the department had “continued to demonstrate a strong financial position”.
In its latest report published on Wednesday, the department said that the financial situation has deteriorated significantly since January 2018.
The Department of Justice has been asked to provide the ODI with a detailed analysis of the financial position and needs of the Department, and a plan to provide a full and independent financial report within 14 days.
The OPD report has been criticised by the Oireachtas finance committee, who expressed concern that the DPPs current financial position would be a major hurdle to the implementation of the Irish government’s proposed reform of the courts.
The Government is also seeking a report on whether the Department can continue to run its office supply business.
The DPP’s report will be handed over to the Government on Thursday.
The Taoiseach is expected to sign the final report, which will outline the Department’s financial position, in the coming days.