of "those blond Roma children" in Ireland
paper addresses media depictions of Roma Communities in Ireland, with a view to
evaluating the representativeness of such coverage. Our interest in this
subject is stimulated by a concern for the impact of media representations on
Roma communities and the how these representations may in turn inform wider
public perceptions of this racialised group. Set in the immediate aftermath of
the ‘Maria’ case in Greece, this paper focuses in particular on the state
abduction of two Roma children in Ireland and the attendant media discourses.
The analysis of media content is based primarily on a qualitative content
analysis of print media articles drawn from both broadsheet and tabloid
national newspapers spanning the critical week in late October 2013 wherein the
Irish State saw fit to take into care two Roma children because they did not
fit the racialised identikit ‘required’ to be one of the ‘Other’.