Forensic Science Ireland  has told the Garda that, due to budget and staffing constraints, the laboratory has to limit what items it will examine for DNA samples.

Ireland’s DNA database contains 10,000 profiles and is rising by 1,000 each month

Former Chairman of Anglo Irish bank, Sean Fitzpatrick. “It is apparent  that the ODCE did not conduct an impartial and unbiased investigation,” said Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan.   Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Corporate enforcement body admits it was ‘woefully incapable’ of handling investigation

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said given the current cap was set  in 1997   it is an appropriate time to carry out a review. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister will examine increasing €64,000 limit of the Per Cent for Arts Scheme

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick leaves the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with his daughter Sarah, after he was acquitted. Photograph: Collins

Former banker spent considerable amount of time in criminal courts of justice

Irish man Daryl Dargan was found by friends at the popular resort of Albufeira where he had been staying. Photograph: Getty Images.

Portlaoise man Daryl Dargan found dead while on stag party trip in the Algarve region

 Irish man was found by friends at the popular resort of Albufeira where he had been staying. Photograph: Getty Images

Police investigating cause of death at tourist resort in the Algarve region

Some  recall Leo Varadkar  as a slightly awkward young man who could be friendly one day and cold the next

View of Varadkar as a single-minded ambitious politician is not shared by everyone

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (right)  has strongly defended Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan (left) in recent weeks following accusations of mismanagement within the force.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Threat to sack Commissioner will ‘put shivers down every office holder’ in the State, says Minister

Most of the new drugs detected were synthetic forms of cannabis. Photograph: Getty Images

Laboratory-made substances evading detection by gardaí and customs

Migrants wait to disembark in Catania on the island of Sicily, Italy. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

More than 450 relocated from Greece but Italian delays blamed on security screening

One in five said they had some sort of drug-related debt ranging from less than €50 to nearly €1,000. Photograph: PA

Youth workers notice increase in training nonattendance or low motivation levels

Rita Alpine (29) who was found injured at the end of a stairs in a house in Kilkenny

Man in his 30s was arrested following death of Rita Apine (29) at a house in Freshford

There has been a large rise in Garda surveillance activities in the last year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Privacy group says Ireland falling short as use of listening and tracking devices jumps

It is understood the bulk of the allegations relate to events which occurred in the early 2000s. Photograph: Frank Miller

No ‘current concerns’ about abuse of system have been brought to Minister’s attention

Landlord complaints against tenants for alleged anti-social behaviour increased by 71 per cent to 279 last year.

Local authorities recieve 10,000 complaints of anti-social activity in two years

Rita Alpine (29) who was found injured at the end of a stairs in a house in Kilkenny

Postmortem due on body of Rita Apine (29) who was found with serious injuries

The State Claims Agency paid out just under €4.8m to the top-10-earning barristers in 2016. Photographs: Getty Images

State Claims Agency reveals lists of payments to lawyers and firms for representation

Dr Caroline Hussey was registrar and deputy president of UCD from 1994 until her retirement in 2004. Photograph: UCD

University administrator had ‘a lifelong commitment to the interests and needs of higher education’

A Spitfire fighter aircraft flying over New Zealand in February 2017. File photograph: Getty Images

‘War-weary’ plane part of weather-monitoring squadron in North when its engine failed

The tomb of Fr John O’Sullivan SJ during his beatification at St Francis Xavier’s church on Gardiner Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ecumenical ceremony leaves Fr John Sullivan a miracle away from canonisation

 Act Up: members of  the Dublin HIV/Aids activist group call on Government and stakeholders to address the HIV crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ambivalence putting people at risk of contracting disease

Six cyclists have been killed on Irish roads so far in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Woman dies in separate incident in Killarney after her bicycle collides with tractor

Ireland’s HIV rate is significantly higher than the EU average. Photograph: iStock

But life expectancy for sufferers across general population still lower than nonsufferers

Most exhumations take place due to environmental reasons. Graveyards becoming flooded or geologically unsound are the most common reasons for moving remains. Photograph: Getty Images

Environmental protection officer from local council must be present to supervise process

Dr Sheila Willis, director general of Forensic Science Ireland, and  Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald, who  turned the sod to  mark the start of construction of a new €60 million laboratory   in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

Minister turns sod on new premises and praises scientists and DNA database

Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Hillsborough Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Royals set to cross Border for dinner with President Higgins and Sabina

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at a sod-turning ceremony on Wednesday to mark the start of construction of a new forensic science laboratory in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Maxwell

Leo Varadkar says Government is ‘very concerned’ by latest allegations

Alan Hawe (40) was buried in the same grave as Clodagh Hawe (nee Coll) and their three boys, Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6). Photograph: Hawe and Coll families/PA Wire

There had been controversy over Alan Hawe’s burial in the same grave as his wife, Clodagh

Angela Black of the Citizens’ Information Board, financial adviser Karl Deeter and Claire Feeney of the Housing Agency at the latest of the agency’s  Spring Lecture Series. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Judges ‘predisposed’ towards borrowers and people given many chances to keep homes

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued closure orders against four premises last month including an ice cream parlour in Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Yo & More at Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords closed last week and has not reopened

The scene on St Ronan’s Drive in west Dublin following the death of Noel Kirwan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Jason Keating (25) charged with murdering victim who was shot several times in car

Under the Criminal Justice Act, DNA samples can be collected from crime scenes and stored indefinitely. Photograph: iStock

More than 530 offences linked to specific individuals in first year of new database

President of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Martina Harkin-Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister attends nursing union conference and gives details of graduate recruitment drive

Garrett Sheehan   said Ireland’s automatic imposition of a life sentence for murder in all circumstances ‘absolutely needs to be looked at’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Internet is a concern because ‘my generation knows so little about it’

Kevin O’Keeffe serving five year sentence for violent robbery of a Spar shop in 2012

Trial is halted as jury forewoman admits to researching a witness. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Second major case collapses as juror admits researching witness

Women’s Rights groups say that labelling abuse within a relationship as a distinct crime would send a message to society the issue is being taken seriously. Photograph: iStock

DPP understood to have advised domestic abuse and ordinary assault hard to define

Women’s groups warn lack of joined-up thinking among agencies and local authorities means victims of domestic violence face incre(...)

Domestic violence will not be made a standalone crime due to the complexities of proving physical and psychological abuse took place within the confines of a relationship. File photograph. Photograph: iStock

Jane Ruffino, who left country due to abuse, accuses Government of ‘cop out’ in new Bill

Pentobarbital, found under the brand name ‘Dolethal’, is used by vets in Ireland to euthanise small animals

Gardaí appeal for return of ‘Dolethal’ which was in vehicle taken from house in Enniskerry

John Costello, chairman of the Parole Board, and  Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: the Minister is setting up an interdepartmental committee to look into the management of released life-sentence prisoners.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Providing stable accommodation on release will cut social costs, says parole chief

Groups ranging from the Social Democrats to the Communist Party of Ireland marched in the sunshine from the Garden of Remembrance to Liberty Hall. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Get up off your arse and fight; housing is a human right’ among the chants heard in city

Revenue: Half of the organisation’s staff are aged 50 or more and one-third (2,225) are 55 or more.

Revenue struggling to recruit accountants as they can earn higher wages in private sector

The conference in Newry heard that the Probation Service monitors 195 sex offenders across the State. File photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Total of 63 convicted offenders live in State without being tracked, conference hears

Cannabis worth €740,000 was seized on Monday morning by gardaí in the Dublin city centre docklands area. Stock photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Two arrested after gardaí search car and van on St John Rodgerson’s Quay

Jonathan Gill (35) of Malahide Road, Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Jury discharged amid concerns some jurors ‘were getting information from outside trial’

Anglo Irish Bank trial: David Drumm leaving court in 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief faces two charges of conspiring to defraud

Forensic Science Ireland director Dr Sheila Willis with a model of the State’s new forensic science laboratory, work on which is due to begin later this year in Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Work on €60 million facility to begin later this year in Co Kildare

A man has been jailed for 10 years at the Central Criminal Court for abuse of three girls. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Mother destroyed evidence after one daughter confided she had been raped by man

 Michael McDowell said the quality of judges has declined in recent years due to “economic factors”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legal professionals agree with Michael McDowell comments on judicial appointments

Paul Moore, of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, has been jailed. Photograph: Collins

Paul Moore (51) has been jailed six times for sexual offences over the last 25 years

A forensics expert matched a man’s fingerprint to a torn piece of pizza box which was found at the scene of an alleged tiger kidnapping, a court has heard. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Forensics expert gives evidence in trial over alleged tiger kidnapping in Co Louth

Mr Justice Paul Coffey imposed a six-year sentence which was backdated to July 2016 when John  Gavin went into custody

Victim kissed John Gavin as she wanted to show she had no problem with Travellers

Geraldine Hughes Byrne and Joan Taite, who were sexually abused as children by Andrew Reilly, who in January was jailed for eight years for his abuse of them. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sisters fearing questions about sexual history waited decades to make abuse complaints

In a trial over alleged rape, the defence used posts from a teenage girl’s text messages and Facebook posts in an attempt to disprove her story. File photograph (posed by model): iStockPhoto

Rapist given 10 years after trial in which girl’s cross-examination lasted 2½ days

There are fears that the prospect of being asked very  personal questions in a court is discouraging some victims of sexual abuse from coming forward. File photograph: Getty Images

Three in 10 rape trials involve questions about complainant’s sexual history

Michael Lowry (60), of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co Tipperary is facing charges that he allegedly filed incorrect tax returns in 2003 and 2007. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Independent TD allegedly filed incorrect tax returns in 2003 and 2007

Paul Moore (51) has been remanded in custody over an assault that took place on the Dart in 2014. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Paul Moore (51) has been jailed six times for sexual offences over the last 25 years

Bagpipers march during the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. File photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

All ministers from Ireland, except for Shane Ross, will be abroad on St Patrick’s Day trips next week

Gerry Adams plans to raise Donald Trump’s treatment of women, refugees and minorities with the US president if he gets the opportunity during a visit to the White House next week. Photograph: Reuters

Sinn Féin leader will raise criticisms of US president if he gets to meet him in Washington

The driver alleged he was  dragged out of the taxi by three of the passengers, who punched and kicked him while he was on the ground. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fracas began when passengers began laughing at his first name, Lookman

 Jonathan Gill (35), of Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin, arrives at  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he has pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a post office worker, his partner and their baby  in August 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Jonathan Gill (35) on trial for his role in false imprisonment of An Post worker and family

A grandmother has been jailed for a year for her role in a gang of fraudsters who travelled to Ireland on weekends to buy high value items using fake credit cards. File photograph: Norm Betts/Bloomberg.

Michelle Butterworth (56) used fake credit cards to buy high value items such as phones

Stephen Murphy supported in court by Gail O’Rorke, who was acquitted of trying to assist friend’s suicide

Jonathan Gill (35), who has pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a postal worker, his partner and their baby daughter in August 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts

An Post worker describes being sent to collect €600,000 as his family was held hostage

A former priest has been convicted at the Central Criminal Court of orally raping a child in his parish 10 years ago.

63-year-old convicted of orally raping child is currently serving sentence for other sex crimes

The  man  admitted engaging in sexual acts with the girl and exploiting her by inviting her to participate in sexual acts.

Man who admitted engaging in sexual acts with child aged under 17, is remanded on bail

Judge Melanie Greally said Ian Sheridan (32) had dealt with his ‘demons’ including addressing his drink and drug problems.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Victim said the violence lasted an hour or two and he would not stop when she asked him

The man  was convicted following an eight-day trial on three counts of rape on dates between 2009 and 2011

Seven-year sentence for man for abusing nephew while living in child’s family home

Paul Moore of Mountjoy Square, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Paul Moore is awaiting sentence for sexually assaulting woman on DART

Martina Doyle and Byron Jenkins at The Hub Ireland: “There’s no cost until the judge brings the hammer down. That’s why we tell people to keep fighting.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Hub battles to keep people in their homes – and annoy judges in the process

Paul Moore  of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting a woman on the Dart. Photograph: Collins

Dubliner Paul Moore assaulted woman as she was travelling home from college

Witness Kieran Kelly, an audit partner with EY, arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he continued his evidence in the trial of former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Collins

Kieran Kelly denies he was trying to ‘buy time’ by asking to examine documents

Kevin Loughnan (28) of The Maltings, Skerries, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at his home. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Kevin Loughnan receives three-year suspended term for ‘alcohol fuelled incident’

Stephen Manning, whose book DIY Justice in Ireland has irritated some in the legal system. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judges say the unrepresented are poorly advised and lack knowledge of procedures

Stephen Manning has taken actions against gardaí, court staff and judges.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Stephen Manning uses a legal provision to pursue those who may have broken the law

A trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has been delayed because a Pakistani witness living in the US is worried he won’t be allowed home if he comes to Ireland to give evidence. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh.

Pakistani man was due to travel to provide evidence in case over theft and fraud offences

Eamon Lynch leaving court after being given an 18-month sentence for causing death by dangerous driving. Photograph: North West Newspix

Man with almost 500 convictions jailed for 18 months after hitting boy’s car while drunk

Former Anglo Irish Bank director Willie McAteer  is already serving a three-and-a-half-year prison term imposed in July 2016 for his part in a  €7.2 billion fraud. The latest sentence will run alongside this. File photograph: Collins Courts

Two-and-a-half-year sentence over €8m loan fraud to run alongside earlier jail term

Former Anglo Irish Bank director of lending Pat Whelan was fined €3,000.

Fraudulent loan of €8 million made to former Anglo director William McAteer

The Oudenbosch Basilica in the Netherlands, where Van Wilderoden (inset) planned a lavish society wedding to  Tara Elliott, daughter of a wealthy Scottish-Irish aristocrat. Photograph via Omroep Brabant

Anthonie Van Wilderoden, convicted of shoplifting in Dublin, had a colourful past

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard he would put up advertisements on the Donedeal website selling household products. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Nespresso machine and Jimmy Choo handbag among items robbed using modified pram

Anthonie Van Wilderoden set up a company that sells insects as a speciality foodstuff. Photograph: David Buffington/Getty Images

Anthonie Van Wilderoden is also director of a chocolate-making company in Wicklow

Kym Owens (18) remains in intensive care after an incident two months ago

Maynooth University student in an induced coma after incident in November 2016

David Lynch has been involved with Drug Treatment Court for nearly a year. “In 2013 and I ended up homeless, back on the streets again and back in addiction ... they gave me another chance to come back. It’s after helping me an awful lot.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Judge in Green Street Courthouse hears stories of progress and personal setbacks

 The Drug Treatment Court, with Justice Patricia McNamara (centre) and (from left) Louise Dwyer, court registrar; Hilda McDermott, DTC co-ordinator; Fiona Carolan, education co-ordinator; and Garda Catherine Ferry. Photograph: Eric Luke

The DTC aims to rehabilitate criminals and prevent a life spent in and out of court

The INMO recorded 23 people on trolleys in the Mater hospital on Wednesday, decreasing slightly during the day. File photograph: Frank Miller

St Vincent’s and Mater emergency departments return to normal, but for how long?

The exterior of the partly unoccupied building in Finglas, Dublin, containing 60 apartments, which homelessness campaigners had taken over. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí quickly eject homelessness campaigners from block with empty apartments

The What Would You Do? advertising campaign includes billboards, prime time television adverts and a website which gives information on how people can safely intervene when they witness domestic violence

Role of bystanders in preventing domestic violence unsupported by evidence, says women’s council

Homelessness activists had taken over an unoccupied building in Finglas, Co Dublin containing 60 apartments. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw

Nama says complex was being repaired by Dublin City Council and protest ‘will delay use’

NCCA has proposed that religion be taken out of the core primary school curriculum.

Removing RE will not turn students into ‘quantum mechanics experts’, says management body

Workers bring child migrants to a reception point outside the since-demolished Jungle  migrant camp in Calais, France, in October 2016. File photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Numbers in State to rise in 2017 after commitment to take young from Jungle camp

Dr Mukhtar El Siddig Awadalla  failed to properly carry out a procedure in 2010 that could have detected that an 80-year-old patient  had cervical cancer. Photograph: Alan Betson

Locum in Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, failed to diagnose cervical cancer

Willie McAteer: trial was due to start in January. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Former Anglo finance director’s €8.4m loan was secured against his shares in the bank

The convicted man lived a sort of “street life” around the Temple Bar area. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Victim requires daily care after Wicklow man knocked him out in Temple Bar

The alleged victim  told the witness that she had “pretended to be with (her partner) because he had threatened to kill her”, the Central Criminal Court heard

Trial told man was awoken at his home by alleged victim who wept as she told of ordeal

Defendant had  used the money to pay her mortgage and had given  some of it to her partner’s children in an effort to forge a closer relationship with them. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Suspended sentence for woman who stole from 10 elderly people over four years

Woman told  Central Criminal Court  (above) that on   the night of the alleged kidnapping the accused  drove her at speed on the wrong side of the road and told her she was going to die with him. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Woman claims man also urinated on her and said he could kill her and make it look like suicide

The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury rejected claims by the accused that the woman was extremely aggressive and refused to pay the taxi fare

Driver groped young woman as he was bringing her home from city centre pub

Woman told court she  decided to get a taxi because she didn’t want to walk alone down dark alleyways. Photgraph: The Irish Times

Driver denies charge and claims woman made allegation after refusing to pay her fare

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