Irish Minister Accused of Blocking Access to Secret Adoption Records

The Minister for Children and Youth has announced that she “absolutely rejects” the proposition that she is proactively trying to block access to adoption records dating back to the 1950s. In an emailed statement by her department, Frances Fitzgerald categorically denied any attempts to block information legislation.

The Minister said she was in fact working on legislation that would allow people to trace and access their birth records. The system was originally intended for 2013 but is now expected to be unveiled sometime later this year.

However Ms Fitzgerald said the largest obstacle in the new system’s implementation is the matter of confidentiality.

“There are legal and constitutional difficulties in retrospectively overturning considerations of confidentiality other than on the basis of consent,” she said.

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Oscars 2014: Real-Life Philomena Ramps Up Adoption Rights Efforts

Even though the critically acclaimed film, Philomena, was released last November, the real Philomena’s story is still evolving. She recently launched the Philomena Project, an initiative to raise awareness and encourage the Irish government and the Catholic Church to make adoption records public.

To date, 13,687 people have signed the petition on to help people get information about their lost children.

Many other Irish women found themselves in similar situations but, unlike Lee, never managed to find the children who were taken from them.

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UN Demand Vatican Release Ireland’s Secret Adoption Records

The United Nations has assailed the Vatican once again, demanding they release Ireland’s hidden adoption records.

The European think-tank called on the Holy See to “help birth parents locate children who were taken from them for adoption out of Catholic institutions like the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland.”

Susan Lohan, of Ireland’s Adoption Rights Alliance, has said that it is this caveat which is at risk of being overlooked.

“Irish politicians have hoped that people would confuse the issue of the state-funded Mother and Baby Homes with that of the Magdalene Laundries and think it resolved,” she added. “We will not tolerate more of their “deny “til we die” strategy, we want appropriate legislation now.”

Currently adoption agencies have the right to discretion, meaning that people who are adopted have no right to information regarding their adoption. Adopted people also have no legal right to their birth certificate.

Ms Lohan estimates that there are up to 60,000 records detailing the practice of illegal adoption, and calls for the “continued denial of the rights of at least 60,000 adopted people and an almost equal number of mothers” to be reversed.

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