Irish government and police apologise to Roma families

The Irish Government and police have apologised to two Roma families whose children were put into foster care over unfounded fears the youngsters had been abducted.

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A girl aged seven and a boy aged two were taken from their parents over two days last October over concerns that the children, both with pale skin and blue eyes, had been abducted.

A review into the cases found that police had acted on unsubstantiated claims, based on an "explicitly prejudices and racist email" from a member of the public to a journalist.