By David Raleigh
Gardaí are investigating claims a child has been offered for sale in Limerick.
A spokesman for the Garda Press Office confirmed gardai have begun an investigation into the claims.
"Gardaí at Roxboro Road are presently conducting enquiries into the circumstances of the reporting of the incident and possible child welfare issues," a spokesman at the Garda Press Office stated.
The incident was brought to the attention of Gardaí after concerns were raised by a number of people in online posts published on Facebook. The posts have since been deleted.
It is claimed the incident occurred around 5.10pm on February 15th last, outside a premises on the south side of Limerick city.
Gardaí were alerted after members of the public expressed concern about claims a woman had been trying to sell or give away the child.
The child at the centre of the claims is said to be a male toddler.
When asked if a child had been taken into care, or if Gardaí had made any arrests, a garda press office spokesman responded: "If criminality is deemed to be factor in this incident An Garda Síochána will investigate the matter fully."
When asked if it was aware of the alleged incident, Tusla the Child and Famy Agency said: “Tusla – Child and Family Agency does not comment on individual cases."
"This is to protect the privacy and wellbeing of the children and families with whom we work."
"Tusla screens and assesses all child protection concerns received in line with ‘Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children'.”