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Wednesday 18 January 2017

Still no DNA database, 12 months on

Sam Griffin

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Law experts say it is imperative a DNA database is introduced
Law experts say it is imperative a DNA database is introduced

Ireland still has no DNA database which could be used to identify perpetrators of serious crimes, more than 12 months after the legislation to introduce such a system was passed.

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Law experts say it is imperative a DNA database is introduced and say Ireland "is almost unique in not having one".

Legislation to set up a database was passed last June. However, the Department of Justice says a database is not expected to be operational until later this year. Former Director of Public Prosecutions James Hamilton said it was "ridiculous" that Ireland still did not have a DNA database.

Irish Independent

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