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Gardaí investigate 'true identity' of girl (7) taken from Tallaght home

The blonde, blue-eyed child was living with a Roma family in the area.

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GARDAÍ IN TALLAGHT are investigating the true identity of a girl who was living with a Roma family in Dublin.

The seven-year-old was taken from her family and placed in the care of the HSE yesterday afternoon following a garda operation.

Described as a seven-year-old with blonde hair and blue eyes, the girl was removed from the home using the powers granted under the Child Care Act.

It is understood the officers acted following a tip-off.

According to the Sunday World, which first revealed details of the operation this afternoon, the adults living in the property maintained the girl was their daughter.

A hospital consultant was brought in to give expert opinion on whether the child could be the daughter of the couple.

A birth certificate and passport produced on Monday could not be verified.

The HSE told TheJournal.ie that it could not comment on cases involving children in care. However, a spokesperson confirmed that there had been numerous media requests about the issue.

The revelations come just days after a young girl, named Maria, was discovered in a Roma camp in the central town of Farsala, Greece. That case has prompted a global reaction with thousands of calls being made to a Greek charity about Maria’s possible origins.

Read: Roma couple charged with abducting mystery child ‘Maria’

More: Email with personal details of girl found at GPO accidentally sent to member of public

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