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Poll: Is it right to have a national DNA database to tackle crime?

A newspaper reports that every prisoner convicted of a serious offence or arrested for a crime that carries a jail term of five years or more will be required to provide DNA for a national database. But should we have such a system?

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IT HAS BEEN reported today that a DNA database is to be set up  to tackle crime in Ireland.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that that inmates convicted of a serious offence will be required to co-operate along with those arrested for crimes that carry a sentence of five years or more.

Those arrested for crimes punishable with a jail term of five years or more will provide samples on the proviso that they be destroyed within a few years.

Civil liberties groups have raised concerns about a possible breach of human rights.

The move has been previously mooted by minister for justice Alan Shatter who said that legislation to create a national DNA database was one of his top legislative priorities.

But is it right to establish such a database in Ireland?

Poll Results:

Yes (935)
No (188)

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Hugh O'Connell

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