Sunday 26 March 2017

Damned if they did and damned if they didn't...

Eye of the storm: Two-year-old Iancu Muntean Jnr with his mum, Loredaiva, outside their home in Athlone
Eye of the storm: Two-year-old Iancu Muntean Jnr with his mum, Loredaiva, outside their home in Athlone

Well, that was a pretty spectacular omnishambles, was it not? Once the news of the apparent case of child abduction by a Roma family in Greece grabbed the headlines, it was perhaps inevitable that we would see an increase in reports of similar cases.

What few could have predicted would be that Ireland would become, briefly, the next international port of scrutiny as the world's press reported from Tallaght about how another blond, suspiciously Aryan-looking, child had apparently become the latest example of a kid kidnapped by a child-trafficking gang.

It all seemed very cosy, easy and all too convenient and when a story looks too good to be true, there's usually a good reason for that.

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