A military spokesman said: “The Director of Military Prosecutions (DMP) is the military equivalent of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Cases are prosecuted on the direction of the DMP and so this could not happen while the office was vacant.The Defence Force caseload is modest, judging by this Irish Times summary: there have been only 22 prosecutions in the last four years.
“On a practical level, the Director appoints prosecutors and may give directions during the course of a court-martial, and so such activities were not possible in the absence of a Director.”
The spokesman said there are currently five courts-martial and five appeals pending with the Court Martial Administrator, involving a wide variety of charges and alternative charges.
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