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11th November 2013

State played important role in denying the adopted a sense of their origin
Tracing legislation, to enable adopted individuals to identify their biological parents, has recently become a subject of debate, with TD Clare Daly, in particular, pressing Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald on the matter. In response to Daly’s questions in March last year, Fitzgerald agreed reform was very important and voiced her support for “the strongest possible legislation to deal with this issue” but warned there were constitutional obstacles.
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30th October 2013

When mum met my mother
Jenny Hudson was adopted as a baby. At 38, she met her biological mother, and they got on very well. Then she had an idea.
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21st October 2013

Adoption body got €200k HSE grant in spite of reporting errors
The HSE gave an adoption agency €200,000 this year despite being told in a report that the agency had misreported HSE grant money in financial statements between 2007 and 2010.
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'The Politics of Philomena' by Mannix Flynn
The most startling thing to emerge from the premiere last night of Philomena was the lack of any questioning around accountability for the theft of a child, in this instance Anthony Lee from his mother Philomena, who was incarcerated in Sean Ross Abbey for 4 yrs in the 1950s.
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Film tells true story of a forced adoption

There are lots of Philomena Lees in Ireland, writes Conall Ó Fátharta
As is so often the case with Irish scandals, it takes Hollywood to bring them into to the public consciousness.
It certainly was the case with The Magdalene Sisters in 2002, and the same may happen with the release of Philomena, the story of Philomena Lee’s search for the son she was forced to put up for adoption in 1952 when she was aged 19.
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16th October 2013

Kenny ‘ill-informed’ on rights of adopted, say advocates

Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, October 16, 2013

Adopted people have hit out at “ill-informed” comments by Taoiseach Enda Kenny about the right of adopted people and natural parents to trace one another.
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9th October 2013

Adoption files still not available two years after Government promise

A woman who spent 30 years trying to trace her adopted daughter could have found her much sooner if available records had been made accessible, the Dáil has been told. Independent TD Clare Daly said there were thousands of women in a similar situation.
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6th September 2013

Minister's adoption remarks 'worrying'
Remarks by Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald that the Adoption Act is “restrictive” and may be re-examined to allow Irish couples to adopt more easily from a wider range of countries, have been labelled as “worrying”.

Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance said any move to re-examine the legislation would be retrograde. “When countries ratify Hague, the numbers available for adoption often fall dramatically. Is this about providing loving homes for children that need them or providing children for couples that want them.”
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Having it both ways on adoption policy
The statement by Frances Fitzgerald, the children’s minister, that she is “going to consider” possible changes to the 2010 Adoption Act to make it easier for Irish couples to adopt from a wider range of countries is more than worrying.

It flies in the face of everything we know — or should have learned — about ensuring that intercountry adoptions take place in accordance with the rights and best interests of the children concerned.
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Click here to read Nigel Cantwell's analysis piece

2nd September 2013

Pope 'should watch Philomena's adoption story'
THE director of a film depicting the true story of an Irish woman who searched for five decades to find her son who was sold into adoption in the 1950s has said he hopes the Pope will watch the film.
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Frears eager for pope to see his latest film
VENICE, Italy—Director Stephen Frears really wants Pope Francis to see his latest film, ''Philomena," the true story of a shamed Irish woman forced by nuns to give her son up for adoption in the 1950s. He wants it so much, he said so three times during a news conference on Saturday.
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Dench: Philomena needs to be told
Dame Judi Dench has revealed that she agreed to star in Stephen Frears' Philomena, because it was a story that "had to be told".
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23rd July 2013

No returning to 'normal' life for women after giving up babies
After eight years living in the United States, I thought I had become inured to the absurdity of American reality television. Until last week, while on a whim, I flicked on the remote and tuned into Oxygen Channel's controversial reality show, 'I'm Having Their Baby'.

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Adoption agency to withdraw tracing service
A religious-run adoption agency, which facilitated illegal adoptions and exported more than 500 “illegitimate” children, is withdrawing its tracing and information service.

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20th May 2013

Adoption group may seek UN assistance in extending rights
The Adoption Rights Alliance is considering going to the United Nations in order to force the State to grant adopted people the same rights as every other Irish citizen.

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24th March 2013

Calls for probe into forced adoptions

Groups representing birth mothers and adopted people have called for an investigation into the scale of forced and illegal adoptions in Ireland.

It comes following a national apology by Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister, to thousands of unmarried mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their children for adoption over several decades. ~
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SF queries issue of falsified adoption records

Concerns about falsified adoption records in Irish State institutions were raised in the Dáil, following the apology by the Australia n prime minister to single mothers forced to give up their children for adoption.
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Australia’s Gillard makes historic apology for forced adoptions
Australia n prime minister Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in parliament to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.

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Julia Gillard's adoption apology comes after an abyss of trauma
Gillard shines when touched by emotion, and her standing ovation from mothers wronged by the state was well deserved
Hundreds of mothers and their families gathered yesterday to hear a historic national apology from Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard. Forced to give up their babies, these women were among the thousands of young mothers who endured a cruel and often illegal approach by governments, churches, hospitals and charities towards pregnancy out of wedlock in Australia from the 1950s to the 1970s, whereby unmarried mothers were coerced or deceived into giving up their babies to adoption by married couples.
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Julia Gillard apologises to Australian mothers for forced adoptions
Thousands of unwed women were made to give up their children so that they could be adopted by married couples

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in parliament on Thursday to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.
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11th November 2013

State played important role in denying the adopted a sense of their origin
Tracing legislation, to enable adopted individuals to identify their biological parents, has recently become a subject of debate, with TD Clare Daly, in particular, pressing Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald on the matter. In response to Daly’s questions in March last year, Fitzgerald agreed reform was very important and voiced her support for “the strongest possible legislation to deal with this issue” but warned there were constitutional obstacles.
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30th October 2013

When mum met my mother
Jenny Hudson was adopted as a baby. At 38, she met her biological mother, and they got on very well. Then she had an idea.
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Click here to read

21st October 2013

Adoption body got €200k HSE grant in spite of reporting errors
The HSE gave an adoption agency €200,000 this year despite being told in a report that the agency had misreported HSE grant money in financial statements between 2007 and 2010.
--
Click here to read

'The Politics of Philomena' by Mannix Flynn
The most startling thing to emerge from the premiere last night of Philomena was the lack of any questioning around accountability for the theft of a child, in this instance Anthony Lee from his mother Philomena, who was incarcerated in Sean Ross Abbey for 4 yrs in the 1950s.
--
Click here to read


Film tells true story of a forced adoption

There are lots of Philomena Lees in Ireland, writes Conall Ó Fátharta
As is so often the case with Irish scandals, it takes Hollywood to bring them into to the public consciousness.
It certainly was the case with The Magdalene Sisters in 2002, and the same may happen with the release of Philomena, the story of Philomena Lee’s search for the son she was forced to put up for adoption in 1952 when she was aged 19.
--
Click here to read

16th October 2013

Kenny ‘ill-informed’ on rights of adopted, say advocates

Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, October 16, 2013

Adopted people have hit out at “ill-informed” comments by Taoiseach Enda Kenny about the right of adopted people and natural parents to trace one another.
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Click here to read

9th October 2013

Adoption files still not available two years after Government promise

A woman who spent 30 years trying to trace her adopted daughter could have found her much sooner if available records had been made accessible, the Dáil has been told. Independent TD Clare Daly said there were thousands of women in a similar situation.
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Click here to read

6th September 2013

Minister's adoption remarks 'worrying'
Remarks by Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald that the Adoption Act is “restrictive” and may be re-examined to allow Irish couples to adopt more easily from a wider range of countries, have been labelled as “worrying”.

Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance said any move to re-examine the legislation would be retrograde. “When countries ratify Hague, the numbers available for adoption often fall dramatically. Is this about providing loving homes for children that need them or providing children for couples that want them.”
--
Click here to read

Having it both ways on adoption policy
The statement by Frances Fitzgerald, the children’s minister, that she is “going to consider” possible changes to the 2010 Adoption Act to make it easier for Irish couples to adopt from a wider range of countries is more than worrying.

It flies in the face of everything we know — or should have learned — about ensuring that intercountry adoptions take place in accordance with the rights and best interests of the children concerned.
--
Click here to read Nigel Cantwell's analysis piece

2nd September 2013

Pope 'should watch Philomena's adoption story'
THE director of a film depicting the true story of an Irish woman who searched for five decades to find her son who was sold into adoption in the 1950s has said he hopes the Pope will watch the film.
--
Click here to read

Frears eager for pope to see his latest film
VENICE, Italy—Director Stephen Frears really wants Pope Francis to see his latest film, ''Philomena," the true story of a shamed Irish woman forced by nuns to give her son up for adoption in the 1950s. He wants it so much, he said so three times during a news conference on Saturday.
--
Click here to read

Dench: Philomena needs to be told
Dame Judi Dench has revealed that she agreed to star in Stephen Frears' Philomena, because it was a story that "had to be told".
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Click here to read

23rd July 2013

No returning to 'normal' life for women after giving up babies
After eight years living in the United States, I thought I had become inured to the absurdity of American reality television. Until last week, while on a whim, I flicked on the remote and tuned into Oxygen Channel's controversial reality show, 'I'm Having Their Baby'.

--
Click here to read

Adoption agency to withdraw tracing service
A religious-run adoption agency, which facilitated illegal adoptions and exported more than 500 “illegitimate” children, is withdrawing its tracing and information service.

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Click here to read

20th May 2013

Adoption group may seek UN assistance in extending rights
The Adoption Rights Alliance is considering going to the United Nations in order to force the State to grant adopted people the same rights as every other Irish citizen.

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Click here to read

24th March 2013

Calls for probe into forced adoptions

Groups representing birth mothers and adopted people have called for an investigation into the scale of forced and illegal adoptions in Ireland.

It comes following a national apology by Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister, to thousands of unmarried mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their children for adoption over several decades. ~
--
Click here to read


SF queries issue of falsified adoption records

Concerns about falsified adoption records in Irish State institutions were raised in the Dáil, following the apology by the Australia n prime minister to single mothers forced to give up their children for adoption.
--
Click here to read

Australia’s Gillard makes historic apology for forced adoptions
Australia n prime minister Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in parliament to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.

--
Click here to read

Julia Gillard's adoption apology comes after an abyss of trauma
Gillard shines when touched by emotion, and her standing ovation from mothers wronged by the state was well deserved
Hundreds of mothers and their families gathered yesterday to hear a historic national apology from Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard. Forced to give up their babies, these women were among the thousands of young mothers who endured a cruel and often illegal approach by governments, churches, hospitals and charities towards pregnancy out of wedlock in Australia from the 1950s to the 1970s, whereby unmarried mothers were coerced or deceived into giving up their babies to adoption by married couples.
--
Click here to read

Julia Gillard apologises to Australian mothers for forced adoptions
Thousands of unwed women were made to give up their children so that they could be adopted by married couples

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in parliament on Thursday to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.
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6th March 2013

Vital adoption reforms delayed
Adoption tracing and information legislation cited as a “priority” by successive governments since 1997 has been delayed again.
Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald had said previously that an Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill was being prepared and would be brought before the Oireachtas before the end of last year. However, she has now said this legislation will be before the Dáil some time this year. 
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Law must enshrine child's right to birth information
OPINION: Adopted and assisted reproduction children become identity-seeking adults. Their access to facts is a basic right

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Finding out who you are
Sir, – I am writing further to Emily Logan’s excellent article (“Law must enshrine child’s right to birth information”, Opinion, February 21st).
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Magdalene Oral History Project
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18th January 2013

Call for adoption bill to address medical, identity issues
Thousands of people who were adopted at birth are being denied access to basic information about their family medical history due to an absence of legislation, according to experts.
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15th January 2013

Irish Times Letters: Helping adoptees
Sir, – It was heartening to see a report on illegal adoptions on the front page of The Irish Times (January 12th).
  These adult adoptees will never be able to access the document that non-adoptees have as an automatic right: a birth certificate.Their mothers may never be able to move beyond the shame and secrecy of being the mother of the “the child born out of wedlock” and tell their story to their children . It is a cruel society that we live in whereby kin cannot meet .
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14th January 2013

Authority knew about illegal adoptions
The Adoption Authority was alerted to the activities of a Monaghan GP —recently exposed as arranging illegal adoptions in the 1970s — as far back as 2005. Dr Irene Creedon, who ran a GP surgery in Monaghan and has since died, was reported in various media outlets last week as helping to arrange illegal adoptions in the 1970s. However, it has since emerged that the Adoption Rights Alliance and its predecessor Adoption Ireland were aware of the suspicions around Dr Creedon for many years and had warned the Adoption Board and its successor the Adoption Authority about her activities as far back as 2005.
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13th January 2013

Family Reunited
Children adopted in this country have no right to information to help them trace their natural parents but some are lucky enough to see their perserverance rewarded.
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12th January 2013

Up to 100 'illegal adoptions' uncovered
State authorities have uncovered about 100 cases of children who were born to unmarried women and may have been illegally transferred to adoptive parents as recently as the 1970s.
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11th January 2013

Adoption Stories on TV3
If you missed last night's Adoption Stories, you can view at the link below.

 

10th January 2013

Illegal adoption doctor ‘did a good thing’
A Longford woman says that she bears no ill will towards a doctor who organised her ‘backstreet’ adoption in the 1970s.  Margaret Norton, who lives in Co Longford, had been looking for her biological mother for the last two years and tracked down her birth place to Carrickmacross in Monaghan.
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9th January 2013

Adoption Stories on TV3
Thursday 8.30pm on TV3.  The first episode features Pat Garry; he and his girlfriend, Pauline, had to give their daughter up for adoption in 1970. They went on to get married and have 5 more children, then tragedy struck.
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7th January 2013

GP who ran illegal adoptions was a heroine, says daughter
THE daughter of a GP who arranged illegal adoptions has said she doesn't know how many children were given to prospective parents by her mother – but described her as a "heroine" for her actions.
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Daughter defends GP's illegal adoptions
The daughter of a GP in the Republic who arranged illegal adoptions has said she doesn't know how many children were given to prospective parents by her mother — but described her as a “heroine” for her actions.
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6th January 2013

GP ‘had scores of children illegally adopted': Lack of paper trail has left the adoptees unable to find their mothers
Monaghan GP Dr Irene Creedon arranged secret adoptions at her surgery by taking children off vulnerable mothers and allowing adoptive parents to register the children
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Major report on illegal adoption cites Irish case
A major report on illegal practices in intercountry adoption has cited the Irish case of Tressa Reeves as a documented example of illegal adoption.
Ms Reeves’s case was cited in the International Social Services (ISS) report: Investigating Grey Zones in Intercountry Adoption, as a documented case of illegal adoption along with other examples from the US, Germany, and India among others.
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Click here to view the ISS report

 

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