Ireland PM apologizes for taking of blond kids from Gypsies

Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland makes remarks to the press during a visit to the White House on March 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. (File) (Pool/Getty Images, Ron Sachs)
Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland makes remarks to the press during a visit to the White House on March 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. (File) (Pool/Getty Images, Ron Sachs)
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Updated: 7/01 12:02 pm

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's prime minister on Tuesday apologized to two Romanian Gypsy families, who had their children temporarily removed from their homes because they were blond-haired and blue-eyed.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny's statement in parliament came as the government published a 134-page report Tuesday into the police's October 2013 seizure of a two-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald also met with the two families in private.

The report by Ireland's child rights official, Emily Logan, found that police had no firm evidence to justify placing either child in temporary foster care. She concluded that police actions were driven by prejudice, ignorance and a European media frenzy over the alleged abduction of a blonde-haired girl by a Roma family in Greece.

The Greek case also proved to be a false alarm.

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