Publications

A selection of publications
from laboratory staff is listed
below, defined by the
following categories:

// Science Supporting Justice

Our contribution to the development of forensic science

FSI staff continue to be active at all levels in ENFSI and have made major contributions to the following documents as well as assisting the ongoing work of the expert working groups in which we participate.

Casey, D.G. and Price J., The sensitivity and specificity of the RSID-saliva kit for the detection of human salivary amylase in the Forensic Science Laboratory, Dublin, Ireland, Forensic Sci. Int., 194(1-3) (2010) 67-71.

Casey D. and Carroll C., An evaluation of the BLUE CRIME-LITES™ for Semen detection, Global Forensic Science Today, 7 (2008) 26-40.

Casey D. and Price J., The detection of salivary a-amylase using the RSID™-saliva kit. Body Fluid Forum Conference, 18-19 April 2008, University of Teesside. (Poster)

Kenna J., Evaluation of the Survival of Semen following machine washing. Criminal Sexual Investigation Conference 20-21 May 2004, FSNI, Carrickfergus. (Poster)

MacNeill S., Casey D. and Rizet D., Persistence of semen in sexual assault cases (2000-2007). 5th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference, 8-11 September 2009, Glasgow. (Poster)

Boland C.A., McDermott S.D. and Ryan J., Clothing damage analysis in alleged sexual assaults – the need for a systematic approach, Forensic Science International, 167(2-3) (2007) 110-115.

Daly D.J., Lee-Gorman M. and Ryan, J, Distinguishing between damage to clothing as a result of normal wear and tear or as a result of deliberate damage: A sexual assault case study, J. Forensic Sci., 54 (2) (2009) 400-403.

O’Sullivan C. and O’Donnell G., Damage and DNA go hand in hand, 5th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference, 8-11 September 2009, Glasgow. (Poster)

Daly D.J., Murphy C. and McDermott S., The transfer of touch DNA from hands to glass, fabric and wood, Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., (2011) Feb 15. [Epub ahead of print].

Kenna J., Smyth M., McKenna L., Dockery C. and McDermott S.D., The recovery and persistence of salivary DNA on human skin, J. Forensic Sci. 56(1) (2011) 170-175.

Kenna J., McDermott S. and Smyth M., The persistence of Salivary DNA on Human Skin and other Surfaces. Body Fluid Forum Conference, 18-19 April 2008, University of Teesside. (Poster)

Magee A. and Conway A., A Case Study: Evaluating Alternative Explanations for a mixed DNA Profile Obtained from a Steering Wheel. The Forensic Science Society Summer Conference, 2-3 July 2010, Belfast. (Poster)

McGrath S., Tiger Kidnapping – Case Studies. The Forensic Science Society Summer Conference, 2-3 July 2010, Belfast. (Poster)

O’Dowd Y. and Fleury L., A combination of FAR and DNA link suspects to Fatal Shooting. 5th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference, 8-11 September 2009, Glasgow. (Poster)

Buchanan B.E. and O'Connell D., Survey on cannabis resin and cannabis in unsmoked handrolled cigarettes seized in the Republic of Ireland, Science and Justice, 38(4) (1998) 221-224.

Hennessey S.A., Moane S.M. and McDermott S.D., The reactivity of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) in alcohol solutions, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 49(6) (2004) 1220-1229.

McDermott S.D. and Power J.D., Drug smuggling using clothing impregnated with cocaine, J. Forensic Sci. 50(6) (2005) 1423-1425.

Power J.D., McGlynn P., Clarke K., McDermott S.D., Kavanagh P. and O’Brien J., The analysis of substituted cathinones, part 1: chemical analysis of 2-, 3- and 4- methylmethcathinone, Forensic Sci. Int. (2011) May 19. [Epub ahead of print].

Breslin D., Campbell S., Carroll L., Clarke K., Clarke P., English H., Giblin M., Goff M., Killoran S., O'Connor K. and Power J., The Rise and Fall of Designer Drugs. The Forensic Science Society Summer Conference, 2-3 July 2010, Belfast. (Poster)

Jason Wallach, Pierce V. Kavanagh, Gavin McLaughlin, Noreen Morris, John D. Power, Simon P. Elliott, Marion S. Mercier, David Lodge, Hamilton Morris, Nicola M. Dempster, Simon D. Brandt., Preparation and characterization of the ‘research chemical’ diphenidine, its pyrrolidine analogue, and their 2,2-diphenylethyl isomers, Drug Testing and Analysis 07/2014.

Simon D. Brandt, Michael H. Baumann, John S. Partilla, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Brian Talbot, Brendan Twamley, Olivia Mahony, John O'Brien, Simon P. Elliott, Roland P. Archer, Julian Patrick, Kuldip Singh, Nicola M Dempster, Simon H Cosbey, Characterization of a novel and potentially lethal designer drug (±)-cis-para-methyl-4- methylaminorex (4,4'-DMAR, or 'Serotoni'). Drug Testing and Analysis 05/2014.

John D. Power, John O'Brien, Brian Talbot, Michael Barry, Pierce Kavanagh, The identification of an impurity product, 4,6-dimethyl-3,5-diphenylpyridin-2-one in an amphetamine importation seizure, a potential route specific by-product for amphetamine synthesized by the APAAN to P2P, Leuckart route. Forensic science international. 05/2014.

Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, New psychoactive substances legislation in Ireland - Perspectives from academia. Drug Testing and Analysis 01/2014;

John D. Power, Kenneth R. Scott, Elizabeth A. Gardner, Bronagh M. Curran McAteer, John E. O'Brien, Margaret Brehon, Brian Talbot, Pierce V. Kavanagh, The syntheses, characterization and in vitro metabolism of nitracaine, methoxypiperamide and mephtetramine. Drug Testing and Analysis 01/2014;

John D. Power, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Michael Barry, Pierce V. Kavanagh, The identification of an impurity product, 4,6-dimethyl-3,5-diphenylpyridin-2-one in an amphetamine importation seizure, a potential route specific by-product for amphetamine synthesized by the APAAN to P2P, Leuckart route. Forensic Science International. 01/2014.

Hannigan T.J., Fleury L.M., Reilly R.B., O’Mullane B.A. and De Chazal P., Survey of 1276 shoeprint impressions and development of an automatic shoeprint pattern matching facility, Science and Justice, 46(2) (2006) 79-89.

Doak S. and Assimakopoulos D., Tacit knowledge: a needed addition to SOPs in a Forensic Science environment, Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 1(4) (2009) 171-177.

Doak S. and Assimakopoulos D., How forensic scientists learn to investigate cases in practice, R&D Management 37(2) (2007) 113-122.

Doak S. and Assimakopoulos D., How do Forensic Scientists learn to become competent in casework reporting in practice: A theoretical and empirical approach. Forensic Sci. Int., 167(2-3) (2007) 201-206.

Doak S. and Assimakopoulos D., The Tacit Dimensions Of Collaborative Network Traffic in Establishing the Foundation of Collaborative Networks, Camarinha-Matos L. Afsarmanesh H., Novais P., Analide C., (Eds), Springer-Verlag, Series: IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, ISBN: 978-0-387-73797-3, (2007) 425-433. (Book contribution)

Hannigan T. and Boyce P., Co-operation in forensic science between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: a case history, Science and Justice, 41(3) (2001) 218-222.

Willis S., The Highs and Lows of Accreditation, Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 2(2) (2011) 75-80.

Willis S. and Brown S., Complexity in forensic science, Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 1(4) (2010) 192-198.

Willis S., Power, process, people – a presentation on quality and competence in forensic science delivered at EAFS2009, Science and Justice, 50(1) (2010) 23-25.

Willis S., Forensic Science - Associated Risks, In: Criminal Law and Procedure Review 2011. (Book contribution)

Willis S., Forensic Science, Ethics and Criminal Justice. In: Handbook of Forensic Science, Fraser J. and Williams R., (Eds), Willan Publishing, Devon, ISBN 978-1-84392-311-4, (2009) 523-545. (Book contribution)

Willis S. (section editor “Trace”), Giblin M., McCullough J., McDermott S.D. and McKenna L., Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, Jamieson A., Moenssens A., (Eds), John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 978-0-470-01826-2, (2009) 320-321, 1931-1943, 2291-2295, 2534-2540. (Book contribution)

Daly D.J., The forensic science laboratory’s approach to sexual offences, Irish Criminal Law Journal, 13(2) (2003) 6-7.

Lee-Gorman M., MacNeill S. Rizet D. and McDermott S., Homicide/suspicious death statistics from the Republic of Ireland for 2004-2008, Medicine, Science and the Law, 51(3) (2011) 146-150.

McDermott S., McBride B. and Lee-Gorman M., Sexual assault statistics from the Republic of Ireland for 2004-2005, Medicine, Science and the Law, 48(2) (2008) 142-150.

McDermott S.D., Willis S.M. and McCullough J.P., The evidential value of paint: part II: a Bayesian approach, J. Forensic Sci. 44(2) (1999) 263-269.

McDermott S.D. and Willis S.M., A survey of the evidential value of paint transfer evidence, J. Forensic Sci. 42(6) (1997) 1012-1018.

McDermott S.D., Metal particles as evidence in criminal cases, J. Forensic Sci. 39(6) (1994) 1552-1559.

McDermott S.D., An unusual explosive find, J. Forensic Sci. 39(4) (1994) 1103-1106.

McDermott S.D., Parkes J. and Kearney A., Crystal violet lactone as a security marker for fuels, J. Forensic Sci. 40(4) (1995) 662-663.

Willis S., McCullough J. and McDermott S., Forensic Examination of Glass and Paint, Caddy B., (Ed), Taylor and Francis, ISBN: 978-0-748-40579-4, (2001) Chapter 12. (Book contribution)