Adopted people look set to get new rights under new laws that are in the pipeline.
The Cabinet is going to discuss a new bill this week which would give as many as 50,000 people the right to their birth certificate for the first time.
According to the Irish Times, the legislation would establish an adoption information register that would be run by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.
It is reported that if the law is passed, a year-long awareness campaign would follow, before it takes effect.
Many Irish people who have been adopted have no rights to birth certs showing their birth parents' names.
Under the new Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill, people would have access to the papers but would have to agree to respect parents' wishes if they had stated they did not want to be contacted.
The measure is aimed at balancing those parents' right to privacy and the adoptees' identity rights.