Taoiseach Brian Cowen has told the Dáil that savings of up to €35m would be achieved in the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General and the Central Statistics Office by 2014.

Mr Cowen said the focus of savings would be in the administrative areas and confirmed that the total allocation for 2011 would be €25m, a 15% reduction on the 2010 revised allocation.

He said efficiencies in the office of the DPP would not compromise frontline prosecution services.

The bulk of the savings would be in the administrative area and temporary legal staff had been taken on to cover maternity leave and to deal with the banking sector, he said.

He said banking issues had been afforded the highest priority and investigations were being carried out by the DPP and the investigating authorities as expeditiously as possible.

DPP warns office is fully stretched

The Director of Public Prosecutions says his office is fully stretched and if there is a further increase in the workload, something will have to give.

James Hamilton made his comments in his annual report released today.

The Director of Public Prosecutions directs and supervises prosecutions on behalf of the public in the courts as well as related criminal matters.

The office received over 16,000 files last year. A decision was given on the vast majority of them - 88% within three months.

94% of the cases that went before the courts resulted in a conviction.

The office paid over €15m to prosecuting barristers last year, €1.5m more than in 2008.

Mr Hamilton said there are less people than anticipated seeking reasons from him for not prosecuting cases involving a fatality. The reason in 70% of cases is insufficient evidence.

He said he hopes to extend this pilot scheme to serious sexual offences.