As you will no doubt be aware, FSI plays a vital role in our Criminal Justice system in Ireland. Since the establishment of FSI, there have been many developments in service provision, not least of which, is the enactment of the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014. This enabled a new state-of-the-art DNA Database System to be established, which has provided significant assistance to An Garda Síochána in the investigation of crime. The Database is a vital weapon in law enforcement which has already helped to detect thousands of repeat criminals. At the end of 2018 there were 26,649 DNA profiles on the National DNA Database (persons and crime stains) and it is contributing significantly to solving crimes. Indeed, during 2018, 38 out of every 100 crime scene samples uploaded onto the Database were linked to a person.