THE little Roma girl at the centre of a care case woke up at 4am saying: “Where’s my mama?”
Her family today revealed the seven-year-old girl’s nightmares following her two-day ordeal.
The little blonde-haired girl – who was back at school today – was very tired when she finally returned home at around 10pm last night and was put to bed.
“She woke up at 4am saying ‘Where's my mama, where's my mama’,” he older sister told the Herald.
In Tallaght today, the little girl left for school with her mother and other children shortly before 9am.
The girl’s 18-year-old sister said that they were “very happy now” that the “princess of the house” was back.
“She has three big sisters and she knows she's the boss,” she laughed.
She said the little girl was overjoyed when brought back into the family home amid balloons and a warm welcome.
“She was so happy, she was crying,” she said.
However, the young woman also told how she believes her sister didn’t eat during her ordeal and that she had nightmares last night.
The little girl was very tired when she got home and was put to bed immediately.
“She woke up at 4am saying ‘Where's my mama, where's my mama',” said her big sister.
The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the Herald her family were deeply concerned about how the controversy would affect the way Roma people are treated here.
She feared that some Irish people would think they were “the same” as the Roma couple in Greece who had a blonde child taken from them who was not their own.
She said: “There is a little bit of racism in Ireland” and she wanted the public to know her family and Roma people did not “rob” children.
The Taoiseach today has insisted that the situation is not the result of any group or race being “singled out for unwarranted attention”.
“This should not be seen to be about any group or any minority, this is about children, and there's always a balance to be struck if there are genuine fears about the health, welfare and safety of children,” Enda Kenny said.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter said it’s important that “lessons might be learned” from the saga.
He admitted that concerns over the childrens' parentage were “unfounded”, but he said he had “no doubt that gardai acted in good faith”.
“The gardai and the HSE have been criticised in some cases for not acting as speedily as they should... they're damned if they do and they're damned if they don't.”
Moments after it was confirmed the HSE would be returning the girl to her family their solicitor Waheed Mudah said his clients are “absolutely delighted that their daughter is coming home”.
He said it would be difficult for them to return “to normal life”.
“Her removal has been a cause of huge upset to her parents, her brothers and sisters, and the young girl herself.
They now intend to concentrate on looking after their family and trying to reassure their daughter she will be left in their care.
“Our clients also wish to say that they do not believe that what has happened to their family over the last few days should ever have happened.”