THE Roma family of a seven-year-old girl blond-haired taken into State custody have spoken of their happiness and relief after the girl once again spent the night at home in her own bed.
The Tallaght family told how they were tired after the last few days which saw them undergo DNA tests to prove they were genetically her parents.
It happened just days after a blond girl was taken from a Roma couple in Greece.
Her 21-year-old sister appeared visibly tired as she told how difficult it was for her parents and her entire family.
She told how at first they didn't fully understand what was happening.
"We don't want it to happen to no one else," she said. "It was very hard."
The little girl's mother smiled as she spoke of their happiness, and a friend calling to house told how she was delighted.
As they tried to continue with normal family life, her mother said: "I feel really tired after this situation but happy."
The incident began after a member of the public raised concerns over her fair appearance compared with her relatives.
Gardai called to the home and were not satisfied with documentation provided, and a decision was made to take the child from the care of her parents.
She was returned to them after DNA tests proved she was their natural daughter.
The solicitor of the family, Waheed Mudah, said her removal had been a huge upset for her parents, and also her brothers and sisters
He pointed out the case had been linked with events in other countries that had nothing to do with them.