New DNA bill faces opposition

The government’s plans for a DNA database, which will store samples from criminals and suspects, is likely to face opposition from civil liberties groups.

19th December, 2009

The government’s plans for a DNA database, which will store samples from criminals and suspects, is likely to face opposition from civil liberties groups.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern is understood to have taken account of concerns raised by the Irish Human Rights Commission when drawing up the DNA legislation. Despite safeguards in the legislation, some aspects of the plan may raise constitutional concerns.

It is understood that Ahern views the measures as...

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