Sheila Willis

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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “The position is that no tenders have yet been received for the construction of the new forensic science laboratory at the Backweston Campus.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A new €60 million State forensic science laboratory has been indefinitely delayed because no one has tendered for the project. The setback is already(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the value of the DNA database had ‘exceeded all expectations’ since its introduction in November 2015. Photograph: Maxwells.

A new DNA database has provided critical information in more than 600 crimes including two murders, the Minister for Justice has said. Frances Fitzge(...)

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 (...)

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

The body in charge of analysing crime scene forensics has said a new €60 million laboratory will bring the processing of DNA in line with internationa(...)

Dr Itiel Dror,  cognitive neuroscientist at University College London

There are few certainties in a criminal trial – witnesses forget, barristers spin and defendants lie. So thank heavens for forensic experts, those obj(...)

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(...)