Published Thursday, 24 October 2013
A seven-year-old, fair-haired, blue-eyed girl was taken away by authorities this week after concerns were raised by a member of the public about her appearance compared to relatives.
She remained in State care for two nights while a forensic test was carried out on Wednesday before she was handed back to her parents, who always maintained she was their daughter.
A two-year-old boy who was removed from his Athlone home was also returned after DNA tests.
The police watchdog, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission, said it has not received any complaints but has demanded copies of a report by the Commissioner Martin Callinan.
A spokesman for the Ombudsman said: "We have requested this in order to inform ourselves fully of the circumstances of events so that we can take an appropriate position."
Separately, the Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan has requested two reports - from Mr Callinan and the Health Service Executive (HSE) - in two weeks time.
A statement from Gardaí said both children were "reunited to their families following confirmation of their established biological identities".
It continued: "In all cases immediate steps are taken to protect the welfare of the child in accordance with relevant statutory provisions and obligations.
"Protecting vulnerable children is of paramount importance to An Garda Síochána and we continue to work in partnership with the HSE and other agencies to ensure children's safety."
A human rights group has now demanded an independent inquiry into claims that the Roma children were "abducted" amid heightened concerns following the case of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl named Maria who was found with a Roma family in Greece.
The sister of the girl from Dublin said she is supporting these calls.
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