Government urged to lift ‘veil of secrecy’ on birth details

Former Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for the Government to lift the veil of secrecy on birth details and adoptions to allow people access their personal histories.

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748 more cases of concern in adoption scandal

Tusla has raised concerns about a further 748 adoption cases from St Patrick’s Guild which contain evidence of names being changed, cash payments and other “irregularities”.

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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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Living with regret and shame for facilitating TD over adoption

Those children are grown now, filled with good memories of the solid family that adopted them, writes Terry Prone.

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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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Calls to widen the scope of adoption probe

Any audit of adoption records needs to examine all forms of illegal adoption and not just illegal birth registrations.

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A mother’s search: ‘My baby could have been given to a couple anywhere’

Dear Sir,
Here we are, yet again, looking at another scandal concerning adoption — one about which many people and successive governments have known for decades.

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Adoption scandal is only going to get bigger

Leo Varadkar has claimed that “what’s different” about the latest revelations in relation to St Patrick’s Guild is that this is the first time we have found “documentary evidence” of such cases.

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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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Zappone plans talks in bid to fast-track tracing laws

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone will hold talks with opposition parties in a bid to ensure a law allowing adopted people to trace their birth parents is passed by the end of the year.

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Illegal adoption redress scheme may be required

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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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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Illegal adoption scandal another ‘dark chapter’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described the illegal adoption scandal as another ‘dark chapter’ in our history, which needs to be handled with the utmost sensitivity.

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Full trawl of adoption records needed, says Clare Daly

A full trawl of hundreds of thousands of records, rather than a sample exercise, is needed to establish the facts in the illegal adoptions scandal, says Independents4-Change TD Clare Daly.

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Tusla knew of illegal adoptions in 2016

Tusla was recording illegal adoptions and birth registrations in 2016 — two years before the agency’s revelation that it had uncovered unlawful registrations at St Patrick’s Guild.

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Adoption campaigners urge immediate probe

Adoption campaigners want an immediate inquiry into the scale of illegal adoptions — a call they have repeatedly made for years.

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Finally, Ireland is listening to long-ignored campaigners

Speaking to adoption campaigners in the last 24 hours about the St Patrick’s Guild revelations, you are met with a mixture of bemusement and amusement.

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Thousands may have been illegally adopted

A scoping exercise into hundreds of thousands of the State’s adoption records may reveal thousands of people who have no idea they were illegally adopted.

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State’s U-turn on illegal adoptions

Finally there will be a sample audit of all records held by the State, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.

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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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