23/10/2013

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.

(MH/CD)


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

01 July 2014
Ombudsman Report Due On Roma Children Removed From Families
A report into the removal of two Roma children from their families in Dublin and Westmeath is to be published today. The report by Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan looks into the removal of a 7-year-old girl in Tallaght and a two-year-old boy in Athlone.
30 June 2008
Minister Advises Parents To Apply For Grants
The Irish Minister for Family Affairs has announced families eligible for back-to-school grants should apply now or risk losing their entitlements. Over 190,000 primary and post-primary pupils are expected to benefit from the €46 million scheme this year.
08 October 2012
Fishermen's Families Offer To Fund DNA Testing
The families of Irish fishermen lost at sea have agreed to help pay for DNA tests on bones which were found of the southeast coast. The announcement comes amid uncertainty over whether the Irish government would be willing to fund the examinations.
06 June 2018
Govt Will Not Consider Means Testing Child Benefit
The government is not considering means testing Child Benefit, the Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, has confirmed. Minister Doherty said: "I do not intend introducing a means-test for Child Benefit. Means testing Child Benefit is not being considered by Government, and is not in the Programme for Government.
20 November 2013
IFA Called For Mandatory Pork Product Labelling
Mandatory labelling of pork products with its country of origin has been called for by the Irish Farmers' Association, after it was revealed that non-Irish pork was being presented as Irish.