IHREC Designate calls for stronger human rights safeguards in Ireland’s DNA Bill

by jeeg 23. April 2014 23:01
  The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission designate (IHREC designate) today published the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC's) observations on the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013 (2013 Bill). The IHREC designate acknowledges the potential of a ... [More]

FGPI Guest Post: Considered and informed debate about a DNA database is vital

by jeeg 12. September 2013 19:22
  THE MINISTER FOR Justice Alan Shatter has published the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database) Bill, which legislates for the creation of a DNA database in Ireland. The creation of such a database has long been on the political agenda but a combination of political letha... [More]

DNA database is welcome in Ireland but it will need safeguards

by jeeg 9. September 2013 23:37
THE Irish Innocence Project welcomes the new DNA database bill, last heard of in 2010. In the US and UK, many people have been exonerated by so-called "cold-searching" of DNA databases. In addition, actual perpetrators have also been eventually discovered when a DNA database search matched ... [More]

Criminals will be forced to give DNA sample under new legislation in Ireland

by jeeg 7. September 2013 01:30
Criminals convicted of serious offences will be required to submit a sample of DNA which will be retained on a centralised database to aid the Garda in solving future crimes, under new legislation. The new Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database) Bill is set to be published by Mi... [More]

Shatter to prioritise laws creating national DNA database

by jeeg 25. April 2011 19:14
JUSTICE MINISTER Alan Shatter has told a conference of Garda sergeants and inspectors that he will include legislation to create a national DNA database one of his top legislative priorities. Speaking to the annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in Limerick th... [More]

Police face DNA data wipeout

by jeeg 18. March 2011 20:37
European ruling may force PSNI to delete a third of profiles it holds The PSNI may be forced to wipe up to a third of profiles from its DNA database after Justice Minister David Ford unveiled plans to overhaul the law on DNA retention here. Samples from 34,000 people across Northern Ireland... [More]
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