Still no DNA database, 12 months on
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.