A Roma family who had been living on a roundabout at the M50 near Ballymun in Dublin have told RTÉ News they would like to return to Ireland.
Members of the Rostas family were flown home to Romania from Dublin having been served with deportation orders. They have also had a three year exclusion stamped on their passports. Sean Whelan reports from their hometown of Tileagd in Romania.
While some members of the Rostas family were reluctant to speak to RTÉ, one member of the family named Christian agreed to speak about his desire to return to Ireland.
I'm feeling bad to be back. I have no work here. It was better in Dublin.
Christian and his wife Simona live in a small house with two children.
Another member of the family Stoica, who spent three months in Dublin would also like to return to Dublin commenting,
People gave us food, showers, money. Ireland is very good.
The Mayor of Tileagd can't understand how they got into Ireland in the first place, as many of them have no ID or passports, and some have criminal records. According to the land records for the town, many of them also own houses and land in the area.
Most of them own houses or land that are registered here.
According to the report, life is tough for many of the Roma but they are not without help. A British NGO has built a school in the town providing access to education for 108 students. Apart from providing them with an education, the school will provide breakfast, lunch, and showers.
Kevin Hoy, CEO of The Smiles Foundation, says that his organisation advised them not to go to Ireland.
We warned them that they could be walking into a nightmare.
According to Kevin Hoy, many have now returned having wasted their money and are now resigned to making a life for themselves in Romania.
With Romania's economy now growing, there are now labour shortages in several key areas. Eros Gidiucci, General Manager of Melania Shoes, says that there are jobs available every day at his company. The jobs pay about €220 a month after tax plus meal vouchers.
It's minimum wage stuff but it's more than triple the social welfare rate.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 July 2007. The reporter is Sean Whelan.