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Authority knew about illegal adoptions

Irish Examiner, Monday, January 14, 2013

By Conall Ó Fátharta

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. 

In a redacted letter dated Dec 2005 seen by the Irish Examiner, Adoption Ireland wrote to the Adoption Board enclosing information about an illegal adoption through St Patrick’s Guild adoption agency. It is believed Dr Creedon was involved in this adoption. 

In another redacted letter, this time sent in May 2010 by the Adoption Rights Alliance, Dr Creedon is directly named as being at the centre of an illegal adoption — again arranged through St Patrick’s Guild. 

St Patrick’s Guild has long been known to have facilitated an unknown number of illegal adoptions over a number of decades and has admitted to the practice in letters seen by the Irish Examiner. Despite this, it was the very first adoption agency accredited to operate legally under the Adoption Act 2010. 

In the 2010 letter to the AAI, the Adoption Rights Alliance call on the authority to de-register St Patrick’s Guild and to inspect its files as well as seizing the files of Dr Creedon. 

The Adoption Authority declined to respond to questions put to it concerning the activities Dr Creedon

 

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