The Government will formally look to split the Department of Justice into two separate departments in 2018 it has been confirmed.
According to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar the department which has been marred in controversy in recent months will have one secretary general and two deputy secretary generals with two divisions.
The move which is recommended after initial findings have found the current format has proven to be ineffective will see the general secretary handle law reform, crime and security, and international policy.
Whilst two deputies will oversee issues such as policing, prisons, and the courts process.
Although there has been no official confirmation regarding candidates for the positions it is expected the Government will make the matter a top priority in 2018.