A new national campaign group has been launched calling on the Government to set up a DNA database for all missing persons.

The campaign was launched in Co Waterford at a public meeting attended by various groups.

Speakers at the meeting included people who have taken part in searches over the years, search and rescue teams, members of the Irish Fisherman's Organisation and relatives of those missing on land and at sea.

The immediate aim of the group is to have two thigh bones and skull found off the south-east coast over the past two years tested in England to see if DNA can be extracted from them.