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One-third of men taking paternity tests discover they are not the father

The Irish Daily Mail

“One-third of men taking paternity tests discover they are not the father”

(By Leah McDonald) 

More than one-third of paternity tests conducted in Ireland reveal that the father is not the biological parent. 

A startling study conducted by a leading DNA clinic also reported a surge in the number of Irish men seeking paternity tests in the last year. 

Ormonde Quay Paternity Services (OQPS) says that up to 35 per cent of paternity tests taken in the last 18 months returned a negative result. 

OQPS studied almost 300 results over an 18-month-period. 

“On average we conduct six paternity tests each week”, operations director of OQPS Brian O’ Dwyer said yesterday. 
The Dublin-based company claims to be Ireland’s leading DNA testing service company. 
Most tests were requested by a man to determine paternity for legal reason during a divorce, for medical reasons or simply for peace of mind. 

The centre also reported a possible link between our binge-drinking culture and paternal discrepancy. 

Paternity testing involves taking cells with an oral swab from the mother, father and child and then testing to see if the cells match. 

Almost 88 per cent of DNA tests carried out showed that the individuals tested had different surnames, indicating that they may not are married. The price of a test starts at €350 and depends on the number of people being tested. 
Yet many fathers requesting paternity testing are opting to use cheaper self-testing kits available on the Internet. 

“Irish mammy syndrome” 

Many of these tests are claimed to be less accurate as they do not bother to gain approval from accredited medical or legal practitioners and offer home-testing kits, which are sent through the post. 

Theses tests range from about €130 and are often sent away to laboratories in China or the U.S. However, it is feared that such kits offer a sub-standard means of genetic testing as many firms are not accredited and fail to provide an accurate result. 
OQPS specialises in providing DNA services for law firms who deal with child custody, divorce and probate issues. 

Irish mothers who refuse to believe their cherished sons have fathered illegitimate children are among the most popular users of DNA paternity services. 

Mr. O’ Dwyer claimed its business has rocketed by 80 per cent over the last year in no short measure because of the “great Irish mammy syndrome”. 

Mr. O’ Dwyer said potential grandmothers contact the company in their droves to find out how to disprove allegations their son had casual sex. 

“There are three types of people who generally contact us – the mother, the alleged father and the alleged father’s mother”, he said. 

“It’s the great Irish mammy syndrome. I have had an astonishing number of calls from mothers who believe the girl is not telling the truth. They might say that he was only with her for two weeks. It can’t be his”. 
Mr. O’Dwyer said the study suggested its clients, mostly in their 20s and 30s, were casual sex partners. 

“I think an awful lot of it is to do with Irish lifestyles, the nightclub scene and the drinks scene”, he said.