There for the taking

Even though the two cases of blonde Roma children being forcibly taken from their families have now been resolved, the psychological after-effects are likely to reverberate for a long time to come

27th October, 2013
Iancu and Loredavia Muntean with their two-year-old son Iancu, pictured outside their home in Athlone, Co WestmeathEric Molloy

On their first night home after being taken by gardai, amid fears that they may have been abducted by their own parents, two little children woke up distressed and crying, calling for their mothers. One asked if the gardaí were going to take him away again.

The Roma children – a seven-year-old girl from Tallaght, Co Dublin who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and two-year old Iancu Muntean from Athlone in Co...

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