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Published 04/11/2007 | 00:00

IT IS hoped that, by next year, the Dail will enact legislation for the creation of a DNA database where samples of suspects are retained for use in future investigations.

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The scheme has already been challenged by "human rights" groups, some of whom have cited the "intrusive" and "Big Brother" nature of the massive national DNA database operated by the UK Home Office. By the end of last year the UK database had 3.4 million DNA profiles, or about 5.2 per cent of the population.

The Home Office, however, is sanguine about the criticisms levelled against it. "Any intrusion on personal privacy is proportionate to the benefits that are gained," is its simple response. In 2005-2006 45,000 crimes were matched against records on the database, including 422 homicides and 645 rapes.

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