DNA Samples Collected From Roma Families In Child Disputes

Two children removed from Roma families are to undergo DNA testing to establish if they are related to the families they were found with.

A 7-year-old girl was taken from a Roma family in Tallaght on Monday evening and is currently in the care of the Health Service Executive.

DNA samples have been collected from the family, who claim that the child is theirs. Results are expected later today.

In a separate case a 2-year-old boy was removed from another Roma family in the midlands on Tuesday night following a report to gardaí by a member of the public.

However the child was returned to the family this morning following enquiries.

It is understood that DNA testing will also be carried out on the child and the family.

Both families are understood to be co-operating with the inquiries.


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