How bizarre it all is.
A friend of a friend works as a social worker, and was recently complaining about how difficult it is to obtain a court order to take at-risk children into protective care.
She also spoke of the hostile attitude of some judges towards social workers, and was greatly stressed by her knowledge of children who were suffering abuse/neglect and were being effectively ignored by the state authorities.
Which makes the recent shameful fiasco surrounding the taking into custody of Roma children with light-coloured hair all the more appalling.
Think about this. We have some racist bigot making groundless "tip-offs" on Facebook, which are then passed onto the police via a journalist. We are then treated to the spectacle of the fuzz raiding the homes of two Roma families, one in Athlone and one in Tallaght, before taking away one child from each family, on the grounds that their hair is fair and their complexions are pale.
The gardai, of course, claimed their actions were because the children were "at risk". Strange then, that they left the other dark-haired children at home with their parents while running away with the fair-haired siblings under their arms.
Keystone Cops doesn't even describe it – only it is no laughing matter that racist hysteria has once more found embarrassing expression in Ireland.
Meanwhile we have a government that is busy taking medical cards away from sick and dying children – plainly putting them in a geniune "at risk" category.
"Bizarre" doesn't really do it justice; and nor do the gardai.
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