899. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice the number of times each year in which section 2 of the Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011 was used as the reason that a case should not be prosecuted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42031/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, the Director of Public Prosecutions is an independent law officer under the provisions of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1974 (as amended). The Office of the DPP is within the vote group of the Department of the Taoiseach and I have no role in the functions of the Director or the Office of the DPP.
As Minister for Justice, it is not appropriate for me to engage with the Director in the matters raised by the Deputy, or any other matters.