An increase in violent crime is putting extra pressure on forensic science services.
The claim was made at the IMPACT conference being held in the INEC in Killarney. The conference heard the capacity of Forensic Science Ireland to carry out its evidence gathering function is under threat due to inadequate facilities.
The conference was told the increase in gangland crime adds further pressure on already stretched resources.
IMPACT delegates heard the building the service is located in is old and is no longer suitable to accommodate new technologies. Stephen Clifford from the service said any delays at their end due such a lack of resources and facilities may slow the progress of Garda investigations and can result in delays for court.
Delegates unanimously backed an emergency motion, which calls for all necessary resources to be provided to Gardaí and other specialist units in order to properly resource the investigation of criminal activity.