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Paternity clinic offers help in finding mystery 'Coppers' dad

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Paternity clinic offers help in finding mystery 'Coppers' dad (By Kevin Doyle)

A PATERNITY clinic is offering to help in the search for the father of child born after a one-night stand at Copper Face Jacks nightclub.

The mother of the five-month-old baby has embarked on a campaign to find the man who has no idea that he is dad. 

The nurse who identifies herself only as "Roisin" became pregnant after a brief encounter with a man in April 2007. 

Passion 

However, after the night of passion at a house party in Rathmines, the man left for football training without exchanging details.

In the wake of the mother's public appeal for help tracking the tall man in his mid-20s from Birmingham, a Dublin clinic has said it will carry out a paternity test without the pair having to meet. 

Brian O'Dwyer from Ormond Quay Paternity Services (OQPS) has promised the Herald that if someone presents a strong enough case that they could be the father, a test will be done free of charge. 

The mother and possible father will not have to meet unless they chose to and the results will be completely confidential

Normally a test like this would cost between €350 and €750. 

"We will supply a home test which means we send a kit to your home, you can send back a sample and find out without any complications," he said. 

"The person can take an oral fluid swab, rotate it against the cheek, stick it in an envelope along with a consent form, photograph and ID copy and we'll do the rest." 

Alternatively a "court test" can be done by an experienced doctor from OQPS at separate locations. 

According to Mr O'Dwyer, cases such as Roisin's are not uncommon, but usually the mother will have some idea who the father might be. 

"It would be completely scientific and the accuracy would be 99.99pc if he is the father and 100pc if he's not," he explained. 

"It's really a peace of mind test, which we do absolutely every day of the week." 

Asked whether stories like the Copper's fling were common, Mr O'Dwyer said that there has been a noticeable rise in the level of DNA tests done as a result of drunken affairs. 

Detectives 

After becoming pregnant Roisin hired undercover detectives to find the father. When that failed she wrote to Today FM presenter Ray D'Arcy seeking help. 

"My intention is to let him know that he has a daughter and to see how things go from there," she said. 

The one-night stand took place on either April 20 or 21 last year, which was a Friday or Saturday night. The pair shared a taxi from Copper Face Jacks on Harcourt Street to a house party in Rathmines and spent the night together. 

-- Kevin Doyle