Irish Examiner Letters 28th January
Adopted Irish people
still getting raw deal
THE Adoption Bill 2009
ratifying the Hague Convention for the Protection of Children in
Intercountry Adoption will go a long way towards ensuring that such
adoptions in Ireland are ethical and above board.
As an adopted person I am naturally happy to see the introduction of any
measures that will protect the most important person in an adoption —
However, the Hague
convention only concerns itself with foreign adoptions and there are
thousands of adopted Irish people whose rights have yet to be enshrined
In 2003, along with
many other people affected by adoption in Ireland, I took part in the
adoption legislation consultation. It was an emotionally exhausting
experience, but at the time I felt it was worth it if it meant I was
contributing to positive change in adoption legislation.
It is now 2009, and
apart from the introduction of the National Adoption Contact Preference
Register (NACPR) and the Hague bill, nothing has changed. While positive
steps must be welcomed, the fact still remains that Irish adopted people
are treated differently to other Irish citizens. Every other Irish
person — regardless of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation
or creed — has the right to their birth certificate.
In 2009 Irish adopted
people are denied this basic fundamental right. They are still
being discriminated against and this should be changed.