11,000 DNA samples taken
The State's DNA database has taken just under 11,000 samples from people since it was introduced in November 2015.
That is according to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who said the database is being populated with samples taken from persons suspected/convicted of serious crime and from crime scenes.
In a written Dáil reply to John Curran (FF), Ms Fitzgerald said that the total number of person samples is 10,988 and that the database "constitutes a major intelligence resource for the investigation of crime".
The database is based in Forensic Science Ireland in the Phoenix Park.
Ms Fitzgerald said that a committee oversees the management and operation of the DNA database system for the purposes of maintaining the integrity and security of the system.