Dr Shannon said that there is “no inherent prohibition on the operation of an appropriate administrative scheme for the provision and analysis of genetic material on a voluntary basis”.
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said she would consult with her department’s legal advisors and relevant agencies towards developing the administrative scheme “within the coming months”.
No DNA profiles will be generated from the biological samples until the legislation is in place and it has proven possible to generate DNA profiles from the juvenile remains.
“If legislation was deemed necessary to do this when the exhumation was announced in October 2018, where is it? The DNA in the site is deteriorating, so any delay makes identification more difficult. The investigation can begin without legislation, and it must begin immediately.”Read more: Irish Examiner
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DNA samples from Tuam Mother and Baby Home survivors can be taken without need for new legislation DNA samples can be speedily taken from survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home without the need for new legislation.