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Dad is not the father in one in three cases

The Herald

"Dad" is not the father in one in three cases (By Caroline Crawford)

ONE in three Irish fathers who undergo under paternity tests discover they are not the biological parent of the children they are raising.

The shocking figures have been revealed by Ormond Quay Paternity Services, one of the country's top providers of DNA tests, who say they have seen huge growth in the number of men requesting paternity services in Ireland.

Irish fathers are turning in greater numbers to DNA tests to determine whether or not they are the true parent of the child.

Dozens of men contact OQPS on a weekly basis seeking information on DNA tests and scientific proof of parentage, according to a spokesperson for the service.

The service also revealed that some 35pc of paternity tests undertaken with OQPS show that the father is not the biological parent.

Ormond Quay Paternity Services provide both home DNA tests and court admissible DNA tests.

The accuracy level of this test is far in excess of 99.999pc.

"On average, we conduct six paternity tests each week and we receive an average five request for information every day through our website or by telephone and this is increasing steadily," said Brian O'Dwyer of OQPS.

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"All our testing laboratories operate to a court-approved standard and the number of court appointed tests carried out by the company has almost doubled compared with this time last year," he added.

The figures are the result of two years of statistics and finding.

"DNA testing pops up all the time. We find one in three men turn out not be the father."

"It's already in the hundreds but there is still a lot of growth in DNA testing," added Daniel Dowling, also of OQPS.

Home DNA paternity test kits can be sold over the telephone. The person will receive a test kit, which includes oral fluid swabs, a consent form, return envelope, and full test instructions.

The DNA test is extremely easy to conduct, according to the company. It is painless and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Once the swabs have arrived in the laboratory for a paternity test, results are produced within five working days. The test results are then posted to the person concerned.

However, before this occurs the consent form must be signed by all parties, as the DNA samples will not be analysed in the laboratory if the form is not properly signed.

Because of the manner in which the test is conducted, the results that are produced are not court admissible and cannot be used for any legal matters.

A court admissible test must be taken for any legal issues.

SHOCK: One in three men who took tests were not dads.