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Irish Examiner Letters:

Adopted adults have a right to know details

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I READ the recent article in the Irish Examiner concerning historic rights of adopted adults by Claire O’Sullivan.

I was upset at the flippant remark made by Minister Frances Fitzgerald in her radio interview with Pat Kenny (June 2) when she said that historic tracing will not be made available to adopted adults and that "some people will be disappointed".

As an adopted adult I feel very strongly that just because my birth mother doesn’t want anything to do with me is not a good enough reason for me not to have access to my file.

Our mothers carried us for nine months, gave birth to us, cared for us for days, weeks, months and, in some circumstances, years before we were given up for adoption and to be told that we will not have a right to know her identity is simply not right.

We are not asking for her bank details, credit card account, alarm code or passwords, just her name and where she (and indeed, we) come from. Is this too much to ask for?

I know the hurt, upset and sheer devastation this decision will bring to the thousands of adopted adults who are searching.

Grainne Mason


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