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The overwhelmingly positive Twitter reaction as two Laois families star on RTE TV show

Two Laois families appeared on the increasingly popular RTE One TV show Raised By The Village this evening.

Each episode tells the story of two city families who need major help with parenting and are taking drastic steps to get it.

Tonight, Melita from Jobstown and Jamie Lee from Clondalkin were sent to Clonaslee in Laois by their parents in a bid to turn their lives around.

Mary and Tony Dunne took in Melita while the Keeley-Cusack family took in Jamie Lee.

14-year-old Melita lives with her Mum Louise in Jobstown. Until they were finally allocated a house two years ago, the pair were homeless – moving between Hotels and B&B’s for a deeply unsettling four years.

Compounding a difficult childhood, Melita’s Dad Anto died in 2013 when she was aged just eight. Over the past year Melita’s behaviour has spiralled out of control.

14-year-old Jamie Lee, who is the eldest of four children living in a 2 bedroomed apartment in West Dublin, went to stay with Noeleen Cusack and Mark Keeley.

His Mum Valen is separated from his Dad and Jamie Lee lives in an area besieged by drug dealing, joyriding and anti-social behaviour and many of his friends have already been in trouble with the gardai.

The pair got on really well in Clonaslee with viewers really getting behind them.

Check out the overwhelmingly positive Twitter reaction below:

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