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Saturday 18 November 2017

Alan Shatter calls for Garda report into how two children were taken from their parents

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has asked Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan for a report into how two children were taken from their biological parents by Gardai.

Both children have been reunited with their families following confirmation of their established biological identities.

Mr Shatter confirmed to the Seanad the two children were the biological children of their parents. He said he asked the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan for a report on the case.

“I want to report to the House that the concern which arose in relation to the children have now proved to be groundless and that the children concerned are children of the families concerned and of the parents concerned and that there’s no reason for any doubt in that regards,” he said.

Mr Shatter said the two children had removed  from two families in this state in the last 48 hours in circumstances “in which An Garda Siochana had serious concerns about the welfare of those children”.

“I think these matters are sufficiently serious to warrant being mentioned in this house and I’m conscious that there’s a very substantial interest in these matters outside this house, int the country, and indeed elsewhere across Europe,” he said.

In a statement, the Gardai confirmed both the children have reunited to their families following confirmation of their established biological identities.

It said that protecting vulnerable children was of paramount importance to the force and that it continued to work in partnership with the HSE and other agencies to ensure children’s safety.

"An Garda Siochana want to assure the community that we take extremely serious all reports received from members of the public concerning child welfare issues. In all cases immediate steps are taken to protect the welfare of the child in accordance with relevant statutory provisions and obligations," it said in the statement.

Irish Independent

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