Sunday 4 December 2016

It is tragic Roma children had to suffer for us to learn painful lessons from this case

Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30

Frances Fitzgerald
Frances Fitzgerald

YESTERDAY afternoon, Justice and Equality Minister Frances Fitzgerald published my report into the cases of two blond Roma children removed from the care of their parents by the Gardai in October of last year.

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At the heart of these cases was the use of a serious power by the Gardai; this is the power to take a child to safety in situations where there is an immediate and serious risk to the health and welfare of the child.

There is no doubt that this is an essential part of Ireland's child protection legislation. It is also undeniable that it places an onerous burden on gardai, requiring them to make difficult decisions in circumstances where they often have incomplete information.

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