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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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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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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‘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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