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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...
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...
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...
DNA tests prove Catholic priests fathered children

DNA tests prove Catholic priests fathered children

During his 2-day visit to Ireland, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, apologised for the sexual abuse by representatives of his church to thousands of people gathered at Phoenix Park in Dublin. “We ask forgiveness for the abuses in Ireland”, he told the...
Men demanding paternity tests deemed ‘unfair’

Men demanding paternity tests deemed ‘unfair’

An Ennis judge has said that men questioning the paternity of babies and demanding DNA tests “is an unfair weapon to pull out” in child maintenance cases. Judge Patrick Durcan made his comment in the Family Law Court where a man has stopped paying maintenance for a...