Sunday 23 July 2017

Families tell of trauma as State looks at child policies

How a Facebook message to a TV show led to 'two State abductions'

CHILD POLICY CRUX: Clockwise from main photo, Iancu Muntean with mum Loredana, dad Iancu and sister Regina
CHILD POLICY CRUX: Clockwise from main photo, Iancu Muntean with mum Loredana, dad Iancu and sister Regina
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

IT started with a woman watching television in Tallaght.

The story of Maria, a blue-eyed, blonde-haired child who was dramatically taken from a Roma couple in Greece on suspicion that the child wasn't theirs, was running on every news channel. On Monday morning, it was still headline news, and the child's face beaming out from the television screen apparently put the woman in mind of a Roma family she knew.

So she posted a message on the Facebook page for Paul Connolly Investigates, a TV3 show in which the journalist has gone undercover in the worlds of prostitution, crime and Travellers.

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