First DPP Barry Shaw dies at 87
Published 01/10/2010 | 17:42
Northern Ireland's first director of public prosecutions, Sir Barry Shaw, has died, aged 87, it has been confirmed.
Sir Barry took on the DPP post in 1972 when the office was created after an overhaul of the police and prosecution systems was implemented during the early years of the conflict.
He played a central role in the justice system throughout the worst years of the Troubles.
He held the sensitive position until 1989, covering some of the most controversial episodes of the period.
His term in office included the high profile "shoot-to-kill" inquiries into a series of fatal shootings by security forces.
The then attorney-general, Patrick Mayhew, ruled out any prosecutions against Royal Ulster Constabulary officers or security service personnel.
Sir Barry was a veteran of the Second World War, when he served as an officer in the Royal Artillery.
He later studied at Queen's University Belfast before beginning his lengthy legal career.