Ireland's police watchdog will review the cases of two Roma families having children removed from their homes amid claims they could not prove their identity.
Two reports have been ordered on the controversial action by gardai and health officials after a seven-year-old girl was taken from her home for 48 hours and a two year-old boy from his home overnight.
Both children were subsequently proven to be members of the families with the girl returned home after DNA tests.
The police watchdog, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission, said it has not received any complaints but has demanded copies of a report by the Commissioner Martin Callinan.
"We have requested this in order to inform ourselves fully of the circumstances of events so that we can take an appropriate position," a spokesman for the Ombudsman said.
Ireland's Justice Minister Alan Shatter has defended the Irish police and social services for their role in lifting a Roma child from her family on Monday afternoon and keeping her until DNA tests proved her parents were who they said they were.
Alan Shatter said:
"An Garda Siochana and the HSE have to deal with very difficult situations and have to make very difficult decisions when dealing with issues of child protection.
"They can be open to criticism for either doing something or doing nothing. In the past, for example, the authorities have been criticised for not intervening to protect children at risk.
"In each of these cases, the Gardai responded in good faith to concerns expressed to them."