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    Ireland: blond children reunited with Roma families after DNA tests prove they are related

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    by euronews (in English)

    Two blond, blue-eyed children taken from Roma families in Ireland have been returned after DNA tests proved they are their biological children.

    Irish Police and health officials are being accused of racial profiling and incompetence.

    The seven year old girl was taken by a dozen Garda officers as well as child welfare officers from her home in Tallaght following a tip off that she looked noticeably different to her parents. In a separate incident, a two year old boy was removed from his family in Athlone.

    The family of the seven year old girl asked other parents to imagine how they would feel if it were their child who was taken away and added they hoped no-one else would have to go through a similar ordeal.

    The investigation came after a Roma couple in Greece were accused of abducting a little girl . DNA tests showed the girl, named Maria, was not related to them.

    Bulgarian police are interviewing a Roma couple who they believe could be the girl’s parents.

    They apparently have several children who are blond and blue eyed, and according to neighbours used to live in Greece.

    The pair will take a DNA test to see whether they are related.