Adoption Board chief
executive leaves post
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner, Friday,
July 23, 2010
THE chief executive of
the Adoption Board left the post at the beginning of July, it has been
John Collins was
appointed to the Adoption Board in 2004 and acted as the first chief
executive of the authority.
He left the post at the start of this month and his replacement has not
yet been announced.
A statement issued by the Office of the Minister of Children, confirmed
that Mr Collins had left the post at the start of July, but offered no
timeframe as to when a replacement would be announced.
"Mr Collins left the position at the start of July. There was no
specific reason for Mr Collins leaving his post. The transfer to a new
department was of a routine nature.
"An announcement of a replacement will be made at the time of
"The replacement process is taking place in the context of the
establishment of the new Adoption Authority of Ireland, provided for in
the Adoption Act, 2010," the statement read.
The news that Mr Collins has left as chief executive comes less than one
month after the Adoption Board confirmed it is to carry out an audit of
its information and tracing service records to identify any cases
involving illegal activity.
News of the audit came following the Irish Examiner’s investigation
into the case of Tressa Reeves, whose son was illegally adopted and
falsely registered as the natural child of the adoptive parents.
This was facilitated by St Patrick’s Guild adoption agency, which
remains fully accredited by the Adoption Board, despite it being aware
of the case since 2001.
It is understood to be the first such audit of any of the Adoption Board
records despite repeated calls from adoption groups for more than a
Both the Adoption Rights Alliance and Adoption Loss — The Natural
Parents Network of Ireland, have consistently raised concerns about the
number of illegal adoptions that have taken place since adoption was
made legal here in 1952, and have called for an audit of all of the
Adoption Board’s files to ascertain the extent of such illegal
Speaking in May, chairman of the Adoption Board, Geoffrey Shannon, gave
a personal commitment that any cases where irregular or illegal
practices occurred would be brought to the attention of the Adoption
Board and the Gardaí if necessary.
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