Police in Ireland have found a small blonde-haired girl living with Roma gypsies in a case which is strikingly similar to the recent one in Greece.

The lastest rescue happened in an area of Dublin named Tallaght, when a small child with blue eyes was rescued by child protection officers following tip-offs to Gardai police officers.

She was found with several other small children inside a house inhabited by a Romanian family, who have lived in the area for years

Suspicions were aroused by the absence of resemblance between her and the other youngsters there.

The girl is reported to be between six and seven years old and it is understood the adults claimed she was their daughter, despite being unable to produce a birth certificate to prove it.

No arrests were made, reported the Sunday World.

The case has strong echoes of a case where a blonde girl was seized from a Roma couple on a campsite, north of Athens.

The Roma couple claimed they were given the child, known only as Maria, by its mother who could not cope with caring for her.

The two incidents followed renewed efforts by police to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old girl who vanished during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007.