Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
Public Accounts Committee
2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 24 - Justice and Equality
Ms Oonagh McPhillips:
The new FSI laboratory is due to be finished in July 2022. At the moment, in spite of the pandemic, it is probably on track for completion on that date. The building is flying up.
On the Deputy's point regarding unidentified remains, obviously this is a very difficult issue for the families involved. The DNA database that the FSI operates has made significant strides in this regard in recent years. Unidentified remains are now routinely examined for DNA and those records are retained in the DNA database at the FSI laboratory. On National Missing Persons Day, the FSI routinely invites families to come forward and give samples of their DNA such that if it is possible to make a match in the future, that is done.