Ireland Finally Launches DNA Database
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Irish Office of Public Works announced the construction of a new Forensic Science Laboratory in Backweston which will house the new Irish DNA database scheduled to be launched in June 2011.
The Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System Bill
, introduced in January of this year, allows for the establishment of a national DNA database in Ireland.  Once the bill becomes law, every person who is arrested will have to give a DNA sample which could then be compared to samples collected from crime scenes. Those already serving prison sentences for serious offences would also be required to provide a sample as well as those on temporary release and suspended sentences and those on the sex offenders' register. A separate database would be established to help trace and identify missing or unknown people.
Several politicians have voiced their opinion that it is an issue of great concern that Ireland has no DNA database.  In fact, Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe that doesn't have a DNA database. The Minister of Justice, Dermot Ahern, said that 4 million Euro would be put aside next year for the logistics of launching the database.
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