Fianna Fáil Senator and Seanad Spokesperson for Justice, Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said it is imperative that all those convicted of a sexual offence in Ireland and who have not yet provided their mandatory sample for the purpose of the DNA database, are urgently tracked down by Gardaí.

Media reports today indicate that only 1,292 of the 2,000 people convicted and listed on the sex offender’s register in Ireland have come forward to provide a DNA sample for the State’s database which was established by law in 2015 and is being led by Forensic Science Ireland.

Clifford-Lee said, “The importance of a sex offenders DNA database cannot be understated; it is an essential tool for Gardaí to cross reference samples as they do their work. It has a purpose too in enabling our Gardaí to detect and apprehend those who have committed sexual offences, particularly those who pose any threat of re-offending.

“It is very concerning that 35% of those convicted and listed on the sex offender’s register in Ireland continue to avoid registering their DNA despite being legally obliged to do so.

“The State has an absolute responsibility to protect citizens from those found guilty of a sexual offence and to make sure they are adequately registered and monitored,” she concluded.