Minister for Justice Alan Shatter:   System  ““will assist in finding and identifying missing or unknown persons” and will  play  crucial role in investigations of “cold cases” and the identification of perpetrators. Photograph: David Sleator

The creation of a DNA database for Ireland moved a step closer after Minister for Justice Alan Shatter introduced what he called “landmark legislation(...)

DNA can disclose complex information about a person’s family relationships, ethnic group and medical conditions, and continuous advances in science make it impossible to determine the full capabilities of DNA information.

The idea for a national DNA database has been circulating for a decade. Michael McDowell, then minister for justice, proposed it in 2003. The Law Refo(...)

Constitutional convention chairman  Tom Arnold: Mr Arnold said he was looking forward to a “fair and open” discussion where all members would have an equal say. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is highly likely the constitutional convention will express views on topics that are not on the agenda given to it by the G(...)

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