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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