Irish police 'responded in good faith to public concern'

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.

The Irish police, an Garda Siochana, seen at the Tallaght station the young Roma girl was held.
The Irish police, an Garda Siochana, seen at the Tallaght station the young Roma girl was held. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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."

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