Gerard Keenan (brother of Imelda Keenan) at  the sixth annual National Missing Persons Day at King’s Inns, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Nearly 25 years ago, 22-year-old Imelda Keenan vanished from Waterford city, where she had been studying. Her brother Gerard Keenan said her disappear(...)

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan allayed concerns that the backlog is impacting on Garda prosecutions in the courts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has confirmed that the backlog in unanalysed drug cases at Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) currently stands at 2,(...)

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.

The Garda have been told that full DNA tests of crime scenes will not be carried out in the case of “volume crimes”, such as burglary or car theft, d(...)

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

In 1979 Ireland’s forensic science lab advertised for a new director. A candidate was found but quickly backed out, telling his employers he couldn’t(...)

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

Forensic investigators are able to match crime scene DNA to a suspect 20 per cent of the time using Ireland’s new DNA database, the head the forensic (...)

The new DNA database will be operational from next Friday.

Gardaí will be permitted to take bodily samples such as hair and saliva from crime suspects from later this month for a new DNA database. Minister fo(...)

DNA fingerprint: DNA analysis is relatively cheap, easy to explain to a jury and, thanks to TV shows like CSI, viewed as nearly above question in its reliability

One of the earliest advocates of forensic science in Ireland, Supt George Lawlor, had a story he liked to tell. In 1907, the Dublin administration dec(...)

So-called presumptive tests “basically” confirm a substance is a controlled drug. Photograph: Eric Luke

Drug tests required by the courts are wasting significant resources in the Forensic Laboratory because defendants later plead guilty, a senior scient(...)