Paternity tests show one-third of men not the father
Paternity tests show one-third of men not the father(Jason O’Brien)
One in every three tests carried out by the leading Irish paternity-test provider shows that the father is not the biological parent.
Ormond Quay Paternity Services (OQPS) ha carried out an average of six tests a week since beginning operations 18 months ago, meaning around 150 men have been given a negative result during that time.
And Irish mothers – who refuse to believe that their sons have fathered illegitimate children – are among the most popular users of the service.
“There are three types of people who generally contact us – the mother, the alleged father and the alleged father’s mother,” Brian O’Dwyer, operations manager at OQPS, said yesterday.
“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.”
Mr. O’Dwyer also suggested a possible link between parental discrepancy and Ireland’s drinking culture, but Treoir, the agency for unmarried parents, refuse to accept this as the reason for a recent increase in the number of tests taken.
“The majority of tests would be what are called “peace-of-mind” tests. That’s where a private individual rings up and asks for a test just for his or her own information. We also do a lot of court admissible tests.”
Some 88pc of DNA paternity tests carried out were on parties with different surnames, indicating they were not married.
“A lot of these are young people in their 20s and 30s and it maybe has to do with a lessening of moral standards and the high drink culture in Ireland,” Mr. O’Dwyer maintained.
“I really think the young 20 or 30 – something out having a good time and this is the consequence of it.”
But Brenda Forde of Treoir said that the analysis was not detailed enough to suggest any increase in alcohol-fuelled promiscuity and that a fall in the price of Paternity tests could be a factor in the increase.