Dublin Roma girl taken into care

A blonde-haired, blue-eyed seven year-old girl has been put into care after being taken from a Roma family in Dublin. No arrests have been made and there is no allegation of abduction against the family.

Dublin Roma family await decision on blonde girl

A Roma family in Ireland who had a blonde, blue-eyed girl removed from them over concerns she was not theirs expects to hear later if she will be returned.

The seven-year-old was put into care on Monday when a member of the public reported the youngster was living with the family in a house in a south Dublin suburb.

No arrests have been made and family members are not facing an allegation of abduction.

It is understood gardai sought to have DNA tests carried out on the child to confirm she was the daughter of a Roma couple.

Rights group: Stop reproducing 'prejudices' on Roma

A Roma rights organisation has urged the media to use restraint in the way it reports on children being removed from Roma families.

A spokesperson for the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), a Budapest-based organisation working to combat anti-Romani racism, told ITV News:

The mainstream media are constantly reproducing centuries-old prejudices about Roma people. When it comes to reporting the problems Roma communities across Europe face, such as being forcibly evicted from their homes, the stories rarely make it to the front page.

– Spokesperson, European Roma Rights Centre

"The ERRC is aware of at least one report from Serbia where skinheads tried to take away a two-year old boy from his parents because he was "not as dark as his parents". Irresponsible reporting could have severe, negative consequences for Roma families across Europe, " the ERCC spokesperson said.

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Dublin police trying to establish blonde girl's identity

Police are trying to establish the identity of a young blonde girl they took from a Roma couple in Dublin.

The girl, who is believed to be seven years old, was taken into care yesterday afternoon.

The young blonde girl was taken into care from a Roma family's home in Tallaght, south Dublin.
The young blonde girl was taken into care from a Roma family's home in Tallaght, south Dublin. Credit: Google Maps

Authorities in Ireland have contacted Europol and Interpol about missing children while their investigations continue.

It is understood that police may seek to take DNA samples from the Roma couple and the child to fully determine whether they are her biological parents.

No arrests have been made and there no allegations of abduction have been made against the couple.

Blonde girl taken into care from Roma family in Dublin

A blonde girl thought to be seven years old has been taken into care after police raided the home of a Roma family in Dublin, the Sunday World reports.

Concerns were raised by a member of the public who said the girl, who also has blue eyes, did not look like her supposed siblings.

The girl is currently being cared for by Ireland's Health Services Executive as the family were unable to conclusively prove her identity.

It follows the case in Greece where a mystery girl, known as Maria, was discovered by police during a raid on a Roma camp.