In one case an unknown male’s DNA was found at the scene of seven burglaries in Dublin between 2014 and 2020. File photograph: Getty

Green plant material seized by gardaí last year turned out to be a synthetic imitation of cannabis linked to poisoning deaths in the UK and Sweden. (...)

Forensic Science Ireland, which is responsible for testing illegal drugs found by gardaí, said many of its resources have been diverted.

The establishment of the national DNA database has overwhelmed the State laboratory with work and has led to the build-up of a large backlog in the te(...)