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.
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.