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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Roma family to find out in next day if child to be returned

Published 22/10/2013|21:01

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The six-year-old blonde haired, blue eyed girl taken from a Roma family in Dublin is residing with a care family tonight.

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Gardai moved on the family in Tallaght, Dublin, after they received information from a member of the public who told them that the child, aged six and half, looked nothing like her siblings.

The family will find out will find out within the next 24 hours if she will be handed back to them.

A garda sergeant decided to take the girl from the couple under powers available Section 12 of the Child Care Act, and put her into the care of the HSE.

Friends and neighbours of the Roma community come out to support the family

The District Court heard an application for an emergency child care order this morning.

Over 25 friends and family members from the Roma community attended a family law court in Dublin city centre, which lasted over four hours, where legal proceedings took place.

A sister of the woman who claims to be the young girl's mother told the Irish Independent they have been told the child will be handed back to them tomorrow.

"Everything is fine. They said she (will) be home tomorrow. Everything is fine, the child is fine. She is coming home tomorrow, they are keeping her tonight. Tomorrow you will know who is good and who is bad," she said.

Earlier, the  sister of a seven-year old girl taken from a house in Tallaght by gardai and the HSE has insisted she is a member of the family who been wrongly removed from them.

The HSE moved to take the child from the Roma family yesterday after suspicions arose as to whether she belonged with them.

It is understood that the little girl has blonde hair and blue eyes, making the case similar the story of the little girl named Maria who was taken from a Roma family in Greece over the weekend who is suspected not to be biologically related to the family she was living with.

Speaking today, the sister of the girl taken said she belonged there and had lived with them since the day she was born in April 2006.

"I don't know why she as taken," said the young 21-year-old woman.

She said they had come from Romania in 2001 but had lived in Tallaght since 2009.

"My little brother also has blonde hair and blue eyes," the young woman explained.

"I don't know where she is tonight, but she (is) ok."

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