A great turnout with support from the media and Clare Daly TD. It started small but this is just the start of bigger things...
Forcibly adopted women demand State files
TWO women who lived for years not knowing they had been forcibly adopted have called for official State records to be opened to try and trace
Group seeks rights for illegally adopted
A GROUP CAMPAIGNING for the rights of those ‘informally’ or ‘illegally’ adopted have held a demonstration calling for their right to be recognised in new adoption legislation due for review at the end of this year.
Calls to release Irish adoption records
Theresa Tinggal and Maria Dumbell travelled to Dublin from the United Kingdom to hand a letter to Frances Fitzgerald asking her to make ...
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Legislation will not be changed for us who are living in limbo
Interview with Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald and the Chairperson of the Adoption Authority of Ireland was an insulting blow for adult adoptees in Ireland. Legislation will not be changed for us who are living in limbo. ‘There will be those who will be disappointed’ she says....that is not the word I would use. DEVASTASTED is far more appropriate for the thousands of adopted people that are not allowed access to files, in contrast to other countries. ‘There will be no retrospective tracing rights for adopted people’ but there will be openness in future adoptions’. So basically we are being told to go away now. It is everyone’s and not just future adoptees, to have a right to their identity. What is this obsession with foreign adoptions? Is it so that Ireland can be seen to be doing the right thing? I think it is time to clean up problems on their own soil before trying to sort the problems abroad.
QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health and Children (Dr. James Reilly) by Deputy Clare Daly
WRITTEN on 02/06/2011
"To ask the Minister for Health and Children if he will investigate the situation whereby the 42 mother and baby homes which were allegedly involved in illegal or informal adoptions and closed in 1972 when the Health Act came into being claim to have no records for any of the women and children in their care; if he will seek to establish the existence and whereabouts of files such as medical and social work files pertaining to the persons involved and make them available to them, thus potentially enabling them to trace their biological families; and if he will make a statement on the matter."
- Clare Daly
"The issues raised by the Deputy relate to practices that were private arrangements which involved the birth of a child being registered as the child of those persons or families that took the child, rather than of the birth mother. The issuing of birth certificates is a matter for the Department of Social Protection, and suspected irregularities should be i.nvestigated by that Department. The scale of such illegal birth registrations is unknown.
The issue of historical documentation and records, where such information ever existed, was a matter for these private institutions. My understanding is that very little documentation existed, and where it did, the nature and secretiveness of the process means that any correlation of data is extremely difficult."