Reports Ordered On Roma Childr...


Reports Ordered On Roma Children Inquiry


12:40 24 Oct 2013

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The Taoiseach says the removal of two children from their Roma families was not about any minority group - but about child safety.

Two investigations have been launched into the decision to remove a 2 year old boy from his family in Athlone and a 7 year old girl from her family in Dublin because of concerns about their identity.

Both children have been reunited with their Roma parents following DNA tests.

The HSE and the Gardaí will report to the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Children on the cases.

Enda Kenny says there will be consequences to the action - but he will await the details of the reports: 

The Tánaiste says he would be very concerned if there was any extra attention paid to the ethnic background of people in relation to child safety.

Eamon Gilmore has told the Dáil that the details of the removal of two children from Roma families here are "very disturbing".

But he says nobody should jump to conclusions until two reports into the cases are given to the Children's Ombudsman.

Mr Gilmore says no-one would stand for any form of racial profiling: 

The family of the two year old boy in Athlone say they are not sure what course of action they will now take. Speaking this morning Iancu Muntean says they are just happy to have their son back.

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