Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Department of Justice and Equality
Forensic Science Ireland
The need for a new purpose-built forensic science laboratory appropriate to the State's requirements is longstanding. Well-advanced plans for the construction of a new facility in Backweston, Co. Kildare were previously cancelled due to the economic downturn. I was happy, therefore, to secure the funding necessary to proceed with construction of the new laboratory in the recently announced capital expenditure programme, with these funds set to become available in 2019. In light of the importance of this project, I intend to keep the projected start date under review and if an opportunity arises to bring forward the start date of construction at Backweston, it will be pursued.