Scoping exercise to only examine records for specific illegality markers

The scoping exercise into illegal birth registrations is restricted to only examining records for specific markers which might indicate illegality.

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Report into illegal birth registrations to be submitted to Minister before Easter

The long-delayed report into illegal birth registrations will be submitted to children's minister Katherine Zappone before Easter.

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Changes to bill on adoption slammed

Adoption rights campaigners have hit out at the Government’s latest amendments to its long-promised information and tracing legislation.

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Adoption law changes - Good, but not good enough

Congratulations are due to the civil rights activists who have persuaded Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone to look again at her Adoption and Information Tracing Bill and cut from it at least one of its more obnoxious — and quite unrealistic — proposals.

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Adoption proposal 'doesn't mean a hell of a lot' says rights group

A spokesperson for the Adoption Rights Alliance has said that the proposal that adopted men and women will no longer be forced to sign an “undertaking” saying they won’t contact their natural parents in order to get access to their birth cert information “doesn’t mean a hell of a lot.”

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Adoption bill’s privacy provisions to be revised

A controversial provision requiring adopted people to sign an “undertaking” to not contact their birth parents in order to receive their birth information has been removed from the Government’s planned information and tracing legislation.

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Bill to restore birth certs for illegally adopted

Thousands of people illegally adopted in decades past would have their original birth status confirmed under a bill from Labour’s Joan Burton.

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Bill on adoption records access unfit for purpose, says ICCL

The Government’s planned legislation to allow people separated from their families through adoption to have access to their own records and histories has been slammed as “unfit for purpose” by a civil liberties group.

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State ‘prioritising liability over adoption rights’

Conall Ó Fátharta The State has been accused of being more concerned with managing the “potential scandal and legal liability” of illegal adoption, birth registration, and other coercive adoption practices than helping victims.

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Referendum may be needed on access to adoption files

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has indicated a referendum may be required to give adopted people full access to their records and birth information.

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Questions over illegal birth registration numbers

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has claimed that the 126 illegal birth-registration cases discovered by Tusla in May are “the only cases in which clear evidence of incorrect registrations has been found”.

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No more waiting for adoption records audit

By 2015, the department was being told by adopted people, campaigners, and even by its own regulatory body that a full-scale audit was needed, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

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State warned on adoption violations

The State has been urged to ensure family members of children who were forcibly disappeared through adoption or unidentified burials while in institutional care are given information about their fate — and warned that a similar system in Spain constituted crimes against humanity.

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Tusla refuses access to adoption files

Tusla has refused repeated requests from the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) for access to certain adoption records it holds.

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Law on adoption must be enacted quickly

Establishing a culture of accountability has become this society’s Sisyphean task.

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Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone under fire over adoption records

Adoption campaigners have hit out at Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone for refusing to reveal how many adoption records are being examined as part of the “scoping exercise” investigating the scale of illegal adoptions.

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Department refuses to reveal how many records will be examined in illegal adoptions audit

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has refused to say how many adoption records will be examined as part of the “scoping exercise” investigating the scale of illegal adoptions.

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'I was told not to touch him' - Tressa Reeves recounts single night with son before illegal adoption

Tressa Reeves, a mother who, along with her son who was illegally adopted, has settled a High Court action against a Catholic adoption agency and the State, has said she hoped the settlement would encourage others to act.

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Long fight over illegal adoption finally ends

TRESSA Reeves never asked for anything for herself. All she ever wanted was for her son to be told the truth of who he was, writes Conall Ó Fátharta. It was a selfless act of a woman and a mother. A woman and mother ignored year after year by every State agency she asked to help her.

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A mother’s love knows no bounds. I fought like a lioness to keep him

A pregnant Terry Healy was banished to Bessborough to give birth but resisted all attempts to have her son adopted

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Adoption without safeguards endangers children

Emily Logan looks at how issues surrounding adopted children and their rights have continually hit brick walls and delays in the Government’s legislative process.

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Recognise adoption scandal warrants criminal investigation

Recent revelations on illegal adoptions should be of no surprise to anyone, says Clare Daly. The real mystery is why State action has been delayed for so long.

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‘Old Ireland’ still exists for adoptees

If the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 is passed as it stands, it will reinforce the existing system, and it will penalise and further stigmatise a group of people who have already been deeply hurt by Ireland’s closed, secret, forced adoption system, write Claire McGettrick and Susan Lohan.

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New laws needed to protect inheritance rights of those illegally adopted

New laws could be needed to protect the inheritance rights of people who were illegally adopted.

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Latest: Tusla handed over files on fake birth certs to Gardaí

The revelation that potentially thousands of people may have had their births falsified so they could be illegally adopted may have profound legal consequences — including for inheritance rights.

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Legal ramifications abound as information drips out on adoption scandal

The State needs to act quickly to establish an investigation and redress scheme for those affected by the illegal adoptions scandal, writes Rossa McMahon

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Most people want truth, not redress says campaigner; Tusla knew of illegal adoptions in 2016

An adoption rights campaigner says that most people who were illegally adopted do not want redress, just the truth.

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Ethiopia bans adoptions by foreign nationals

Ethiopia is to ban foreign adoptions amid concerns about mistreatment of children overseas.

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Minister for Children signs changes to adoption law

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has signed into law a number of changes to the adoption law.

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Dáil passes Bill to allow children in care to be adopted

A Bill which would allow children in care to be adopted has been passed by the Dáil this evening.

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New legislation to allow adopted people access to their birth certificates

More than 50,000 adopted people will be given the right to see their birth certificates under new legislation to be published by the Government.

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