Investigation begins as 23 non-nationals including pregnant teens found sharing home

A garda and HSE probe is underway into the circumstances in which 23 non-nationals including two pregnant 15-year-old girls are allegedly sharing a house in west Dublin, a court has heard today.

A garda and HSE probe is underway into the circumstances in which 23 non-nationals including two pregnant 15-year-old girls are allegedly sharing a house in west Dublin, a court has heard today.

A 17-year-old girl, who has recently given birth to her second child, has also been living at the same address, the Dublin Children's Court heard.

One of the pregnant 15-year-old girls has a case in the Children's Court for a shoplifting offence. Her case had been adjourned until today for a probation report to be furnished.

Earlier, a judge had also raised concerns about the circumstances about the girl and her mother, who have been living with several others at an address in west Dublin.

The girl was not present when her case was called this morning, believing that it had been listed for the afternoon sitting of the court.

A probation officer told Judge Tom O'Donnell that “23 non-nationals are living in a house”.

The court was told that this included the defendant, as well as another pregnant 15-year-old girl and another teenager who has given birth to her second child.

The probation officer said that at an earlier stage, then presiding Judge Heather Perrin “was of the view that there be an enquiry as to what is going on in the house”.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble told the court that Judge Perrin had asked for an enquiry “about the family situation”.

A garda told the court that an there would be co-ordination with the HSE, the girl's social worker and the Probation and Welfare Service “to see if we can get a better idea of what is going on”.

Judge O'Donnell remanded the teen in her absence to appear in September for an updated report.

“I think it is appropriate that the HSE would be here,” Judge O'Donnell said in relation to the teen's next court date.

Mr Noble, defending, said he would notify the HSE of the judge's request.

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