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€4m DNA database will go into new forensic lab

PLANS for a new Forensic Science Laboratory at a Co Kildare campus have been unveiled by the Office of Public Works.

Plans for the new Garda Technical Bureau, at Backweston Campus, in Ballymadeer, have also been unveiled as part of a major development which will be completed in phases.

The new forensic lab will be a mainly two-storey building with approximately 9,550sqm internal floor area, including laboratories, office and ancillary accommodation, some on a third floor, with a single storey utilities and storage building of 485sqm.

Meanwhile, the new Garda Technical Bureau will be a mainly two and three-storey building of approximately 12,400sqm internal floor area, including laboratories, offices and ancillary accommodation.

A 1,045sqm garage building, a single storey utilities and storage building of 572sqm and an enclosed external secure area of 1,200 sqm are also proposed.

Site development works will also include landscaped forecourts, planted woodland, staff amenity areas, an internal site fence and approximately 260 car parking spaces.

The site comprises approximately 8.63 hectares within an existing overall campus site of 36 hectares.

The plans also stated that a security hut will be provided at the entrance to the proposed site within the campus.

The proposals were announced by the Commissioners of Public Works on behalf of Justice Minister Dermot Ahern.


The drawings and particulars of the proposed development are being made available for inspection at two separate locations, in Trim and Dublin, for a period of six weeks which began on April 30, during specified hours.

Submissions and observations on proposed development can be made in writing during this period to the Commissioners of Public Works in the Special Projects Unit in Trim.

Construction on the forensic science laboratory is scheduled to begin later this year after funding was secured for the project.

It is understood the Department of Justice will fund the €4.1m cost of setting up a new DNA database at the laboratory.

The development of a new DNA database had been sought by the Garda authorities for more than a decade.

The State laboratory and the Department of Agriculture's agri-labs are already located at the Backweston site.