Garda Commissioner to submit report on removal of children from Roma families

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has asked the Garda Commissioner to prepare a report on how two Roma children came to be removed from their families amid concerns about their identity.

The Minister says he has concerns about what happened in the cases in Dublin and Westmeath.

A seven-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy were both the subject of care orders and underwent DNA tests after concern was raised that they did not look like their parents or siblings.

Both were found to be living with their biological parents and were reunited with their families.

Pavee Point has called for an inquiry into the actions of Gardaí and the HSE.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter says officers in both instances acted in good faith, however.

"I do have concerns in relation to each of these matters," he said.

I will be asking the Garda Commissioner for a report on the background to each of these instances, with a view to reviewing the procedures that applied, in a manner that ensures An Garda Síochána continue to perform the very important role that they must play for the protection of our children."

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