The Philomena Project

What?

The Philomena Project is a fund to provide finance to Adoption Rights Alliance to achieve its goals.

The Six Goals

1. Raising public awareness in Ireland and abroad on the issue of forced illegal adoptions in Ireland and the denial of access to birth certificates.

2. Launch of petition and donation page to get support for the project.

3. Continue to expand the ongoing research the Project is doing.

4. Provide support to the families looking trace relatives.

5. Adoption Rights Alliance needs a legal team to challenge the 1998 Supreme Court ruling.

6. Most important goal: the release of records and the reunification of families.

To read more about it, go to The Philomena Project and don’t forget to sign the petition!! For information on Adoption Rights Alliance, please click here.

New Legislation “Must Take Into Account Privacy of Mother”

New legislation to assist the tracing of birth parents by adopted children must take into account the “strong constitutional” right to privacy of the birth mother, the Minister for Children has said.

Frances Fitzgerald stressed: “I will be bound and am bound . . . to provide for a balancing between the strong constitutional provision relating to privacy and the right to identity.” The Minister was responding to Independent TD Clare Daily, who told Ms Fitzgerald that she appeared to be prioritising the rights of birth parents “way above the rights of children to their identity.” 

However, Ms Fitzgerald told the Dail that the initial outline of the new Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill was “close to completion”, in which the proposition would be to provide “as much information as possible.”

 

Information provided by the Irish Times. You can read the full story here.

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Minister Fitzgerald launching the EPIC National Advocacy Service on 7th May 2013. Source: Department of Children/Flickr

Bill will vindicate the right of adopted people to know about their origins

In the past, adopted people had to make requests to their adoption agency or the Adoption Authority of Ireland to find information about their origins. This process was slow and it could take years to find anything.

The upcoming Adoption (Tracing and Information) Bill will provide the opportunity to change this. The rights of adopted people will be properly vindicated. Birth parents will also have access to information from their child’s records. But, most importantly, the legislation applies to people to those who were adopted before its enactment.

To read more about this new development, click here.

New Yorker is reunited with Irish mother

Christopher Quirin was born to a single mother in Ireland in 1950. His mother was sent by her parents to the notorious Sean Ross Abbey in Tipperary- the same place Philomena Lee was. Like Lee’s son, he too was adopted by an American family.

For Quirin the coldness of his new adoptive home was the feature that he remembers most.

“I knew I didn’t fit in,” he says. “I’m six feet tall with red hair and they were all short with brown hair. I used to think I was the milkman’s son.”

The release of Philomena inspired Christopher to track down his birth mother. With the help of activist Bernadette Joyce, he found her in London and he went to meet 84 year old, Margaret Linehan.

To read what happened next, click here.

Philomena Lee to be honoured by Feminist Majority Foundation

On May 5, Philomena Lee will head to Los Angeles to receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from women’s right group, Feminist Majority Foundation.

The 80-year old receives the award for her bravery. The ceremony is chaired by Jay Leno and his wife, Mavis.

To read the full article, click here.

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