DNA to be shared across EU

DNA to be shared across EU

DNA profiles and fingerprints will be freely shared between EU member states after a legal provision comes into effect today. The hope is that the sharing of forensic data will prevent cross-border crime and close the net on criminals who travel from one country to...
Philippines proposes drug testing children

Philippines proposes drug testing children

The Philippines drugs agency has proposed mandatory drug testing all schoolchildren aged 9 years old and above. Testing all private and state school students from Grade 4 (aged 9–10) has been proposed by Aaron Aquino, the director of the Philippines Drug Enforcement...
Alcohol advertising to be banned near schools

Alcohol advertising to be banned near schools

A year today, alcohol advertising will be banned within 200 m of a school, crèche or a local authority playground. The State’s first health-related alcohol legislation will also restrict advertising in cinemas and on public service vehicles including buses, trains, at...
DNA testing identifies missing people

DNA testing identifies missing people

The remains of two people who went missing in Dublin in the 1990s have been identified using new DNA testing methods. Margaret Glennon, aged 49, from Baldoyle in Dublin went missing in May 1995. Her family made national appeals at the time and have carried out many...
Paternity testing on the HSE?

Paternity testing on the HSE?

Can I get my DNA test for free on the HSE? This is a question that our Customer Services team get asked regularly. DNA testing, including Paternity tests, aren’t available on the Health Service Executive (HSE). Some testing companies will offer cut-price tests, but...
Drugs blamed for majority of unnatural prison deaths

Drugs blamed for majority of unnatural prison deaths

More than two-thirds of unnatural deaths in Irish prisons are associated with the use of illicit drugs. And many cases involve people who overdose while on temporary release. The investigation was commissioned by the National Suicide and Harm Prevention Steering Group...
Landmark Bill aims to curb excessive drinking

Landmark Bill aims to curb excessive drinking

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill aimed at reducing alcohol consumption was finally passed last week, more than 1000 days after it was introduced in parliament. It will allow for a series of changes to be implemented nationwide, including minimum pricing per unit of...
Could DNA tests solve Kerry Babies investigation?

Could DNA tests solve Kerry Babies investigation?

Gardaí have taken a number of DNA samples in a bid to track down the family of murdered Baby John who was found on a Kerry beach 34 years ago. DNA testing is a key focus of the investigation and around 20 officers have descended on Valentia Island. Apparently, there...
Ireland’s first drug injection centre still on course

Ireland’s first drug injection centre still on course

A planning application for Ireland’s first drug injection centre will be made before the end of the month, according to Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI). The charity, which provides vital support to people who are homeless, hungry and use drugs, won the tender 6 months...