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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