Arnotts and Brown Thomas are to stop selling a brand of 'adoption' dolls following complaints to Liveline on RTÉ Radio 1.

The Darci Baby dolls are made by US toy company FAO Schwarz and were stocked at the two stores.

The description said that "kids can adopt their very own bundle of joy with FAO Schwarz's Baby Doll Adoption Centre".

The website added that "each doll comes swaddled in a soft blanket".

However, a number of callers to Liveline said that the dolls do not represent the Irish experience of mother-and-baby homes and forced adoptions.

In response to the complaints, Brown Thomas and Arnotts said: "FAO Schwartz is a world renowned toy store that has and continues to provide millions of children of all ages with wonderful experiences that fuel their imagination.

"Brown Thomas Arnotts entirely agree that the experience of adoption has been varied in Ireland, and we take on board the views expressed in the programme.

"To that end, we will today stop selling the FAO adoption dolls in all Brown Thomas and Arnotts stores."

The dolls are no longer available to buy on the Brown Thomas and Arnotts websites.


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