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'Illegal' adoptees fight cases
www.irishexaminer.com - Irish Examiner Saturday, January 19, 2013
Authority knew about illegal adoptions
www.irishexaminer.com - Mon 14th January 2013 - Conall O' Fatharta
The Adoption Authority was alerted to the activities of a Monaghan GP —recently exposed as arranging illegal adoptions in the 1970s — as far back as 2005.
Dr Irene Creedon, who ran a GP surgery in Monaghan and has since died, was reported in various media outlets last week as helping to arrange illegal adoptions in the 1970s.
Calls for Probe into Forced Adoptions
www.irishexaminer.com - Irish Examiner 23rd March 2013 - Conall O' Fatharta
SF queries issue of falsified adoption records
Marie O'Halloran - Irish Times, Thursday, March 21, 2013, 17:30
Concerns about falsified adoption records in Irish State institutions were raised in the Dáil, following the apology by the Australia n prime minister to single mothers forced to give up their children for adoption. Sinn Féin social protection spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked if the Irish Government intended to establish an inquiry “to look into that practice, which happened in this State as well as in Australia and Britain”.
Mr Ó Snodaigh’s comments follow Julia Gillard ’s apology in the Australian parliament to thousands of women who were forced, through pressure and threats, to give up their children over three decades from the second World War until the early 1970s so that married couples could adopt them. An Australian senate committee report found it was believed at the time to be in the children’s best interests. Mr Ó Snodaigh said illegal adoptions were an issue similar to the Magdalene laundries and other residential institutions. He asked if legislation was needed “to address the falsification of adoption records in some State institutions, including hospitals”.
Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte who was taking the Order of Business said: “I do not have any expertise in this area but I will ask the relevant Minister to reply to Deputy Ó Snodaigh directly,” Mr Rabbitte said.
Letter to the Taoiseach requesting an investigation into illegal adoptions
19 April 2013
Taoiseach Enda Kenny,
Department of the Taoiseach.
On behalf of the illegally adopted people of Ireland I am requesting that the government set up an investigation into the many illegal/forced adoptions that have occurred, especially post 1952 when the adoption law came into force. The practice still continued however, (contravening the adoption act 1952) within a network of doctors/social workers and nurses into the 80s. I have evidence of this from illegal adoptees who have contacted me and also evidence from a mother who was forced to hand over her baby who was then illegally adopted. The ‘child’ involved, now an adult age 48 contacted me recently. They are one of the lucky few who found each other after 48yrs. I also have a file on myself from the age of 2-16yrs. The file has the names of the social worker and nurse involved.
Between the end of WW11 and 1973 more than 2,132 infants were illegally adopted out of the country to be placed with wealthy Catholic Americans. Those children, known as the Banished Babies , and now adults are still seeking their parents and their identity. In Australia the recent apology from Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to mothers whose children were taken forcibly in the 1960% was 60% while in Ireland in 1967 the number was much higher at a startling 97%!!!
Ireland has lagged behind many of it’s neighbours on identity rights contravening Article 8 of the UN convention that states ‘a person has a legal right to their identity/citizenship. I heard your speech after the Magdalen investigation and you were obviously moved by their plight. Part of the womens distress was the indignity of having their names changed and erasing forever their identity/citizenship. Illegal adoptees suffer throughout their life from the same lack of respect for their identity rights. It is not acceptable to deny individuals access to information about who they are and where they came from, creating a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering.
Adopted Illegally Ireland is asking that an inquiry into Illegal/forced adoption is established. There are files out there and a team needs to be dedicated to locate and seize these files. I can personally point to one set that has appeared in the attic of one of the many former nursing homes, that closed shortly before the new Health Act in 1972. Although the damage caused by closed, secret, forced adoption, can never be fully repaired; an investigation by the Irish government would go a long way towards that end.
Since many of the people involved in this dreadful situation are elderly and their time is extremely limited, I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. Any unnecessary delays will lead directly to many victims of illegal adoptions never being re-united. I look forward to hearing from you.
Theresa Tinggal - Founder, Adopted-Illegally Ireland
20/05/2013 - Conall O'Fatharta
Adoption group may seek UN assistance in extending rightsMonday, May 20, 2013. The Adoption Rights Alliance is considering going to the United Nations in order to force the State to grant adopted people the same rights as every other Irish citizen. The group said it was considering the move following the successful Justice For Magdalenes campaign, which brought the human rights abuses suffered by women in Magdalene Laundries to the UN.
ARA is also seeking clarification from children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald on comments she made in the Dáil last week that a referendum may be needed in order to grant adopted people full tracing and information rights. Such rights have been routinely available in Britain and the North since the 1970s.
Ms Fitzgerald has consistently referred to obstacles to full tracing rights for adopted people presented by a 1998 Supreme Court ruling that said the mother’s right to privacy would have to be balanced against the adopted person’s right to know.
Susan Lohan of ARA said “urgent” clarification was needed on the minister’s remarks.
“The 1998 Supreme Court ruling was condemned internationally and we regard the judgement as having stood up for secrecy rather than privacy,” said Ms Lohan. “Adopted people’s right to lead a private family life is steadfastly denied.”
Ms Lohan also hit out at the Adoption Authority which, she said, continued to support agencies with “a publicly acknowledged criminal past”, and had refused to investigate evidence of forced and illegal adoptions going back decades.
ARA co-founder Claire McGettrick, who was also central to the success of the JFM campaign, said that adopted people would also go to Europe to force the Irish State to grant adopted people the same rights that every other citizen of the country now enjoys.
“One adopted person told us he was made feel like a pariah because he asked for something everybody else takes for granted,” said Ms McGettrick.
“JFM’s successful campaign in bringing Magdalene Laundry human rights abuses to the attention of the United Nations is a model being strongly considered by ARA.”
The proposed Tracing and Information legislation seems to be aimed at putting current guidelines and the National Contact Preference Register on a statutory footing. It is also intended to facilitate contact between parties affected by illegal adoptions.
The NCPR has been heavily criticised by adopted people and natural parents. Since its creation in 2005, it has received almost 9,000 requests up to 2010. It matched just 482 people — a success rate of about 5%.
It is estimated that there are at least 50,000 adopted people in Ireland.
Illegally Adopted Woman Finds Mother after TV Appeal
21ST SEPT 2013 - ILLEGAL ADOPTION-ANOTHER IRISH HORROR STORY.
SEPT 21ST 2013 - IRISH EXAMINER - Conall O' Fatharta Daly wants inquiry into illegal Irish adoptions
SEPT 21ST 2013 - IRISH INDEPENDENT
Illegally-adopted woman slams ‘waste of money’ legislation www.independent.ie
State played important role in denying the www.irishtimes.com
THE JOURNAL.IE - SEPT 2013
Calls for independent investigation into Ireland’s illegal adoptions
www.irishexaminer.com - Conall O’ Fatharta- Thurs Jan 23rd 2014
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk - Thurs 24th jan 2014
Friday, July 15, 2011
No timescale for audit results of adoption body by Conall Ó Fátharta
MORE than a year after it began an audit of its tracing and information records to identify any cases involving illegal activity, the Adoption Authority (AAI) has still not offered a timescale as to its completion or if the findings will be made public.
IRISH EXAMINER 5TH SEPT 2011 by Conall O'Fatharta
15,000 adoption files still to be transferred over to HSE | Irish Examiner www.irishexaminer.com
Adoption Authority loses second chief executive in 15 months | Irish Examiner. Read more: www.examiner.ie
by Conall O Fatharta thurs 6th Oct 2011
Hundreds of Irish babies used for medical research and dissections
Babies who were intended for adoption from Irish institutions including mother and baby homes were used for clinical trials without their History Of Sealed Adoption Records. If you are an American adult adopted child or adoptee, a records have always been closed. But prior to 1940 state adoption records were usually open to adult adoptees birth parent or an adoptive parent born after 1940, you probably assume that state adoption seeki...
400 babies were dissected at universities | Irish Examiner
www.irishexaminer.com By Claire O’Sullivan Friday, October 07, 2011
HUNDREDS of dead babies from mother-and-baby homes across the country were dissected in Irish universities — without the knowledge or permission of their mothers.
Adoption groups demand inquiry into dissections
ADOPTION groups have received a large surge in calls to helplines following revelations that hundreds of dead babies from mother and baby homes were dissected in universities.
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Conall Ó Fátharta Irish Examiner 8th October 2011
7th October 2011
Adoption Rights Alliance strongly condemns use of deceased infants in anatomical experiments
Adoption Rights Alliance, a group advocating for equal human and civil rights for those affected by Ireland's closed secret adoption system, has strongly condemned the use of the bodies of deceased infants in anatomical experiments, as well as the use of children in Mother and Baby Homes in vaccine trials, as reported in RTÉ’s Prime Time programme on Thursday 6th October.
No plans’ to inspect all adoption files
By Conall Ó Fátharta - Monday, May 21, 2012
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