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legislation will give adopted people universal rights
Galway Advertiser, October 27, 2011.
By Mary O’connor
New legislation when introduced will ensure that Ireland’s adopted
people will have the same rights as others around the world.
That is according to Galway West Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames
who has commended the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, on her
commitment to introducing a bill on adoption information enabling
adopted people to access their birth certificates and early care
“I know from personal experience that the right for adopted people to
know where they came from and to obtain details about their biological
family history is inextricably linked to how they see themselves and
their sense of personal identity.
“The Minister’s office has confirmed to me that the heads of a bill
dealing with adoption information are currently being finalised and will
be going before Cabinet shortly.”
The Oranmore based senator says the inclusion of retrospective tracing
rights in the legislation is to be welcomed.
“It will allow many to finally find the answers to questions they have
wondered about for years.”
She says the Minister is also working towards a Children’s Rights
Referendum which is due before the people shortly.
“Her solid approach to her portfolio and to copper-fastening rights
for our children is exemplary and I commend her for good work.
“The Adoption Rights Alliance maintains that, among other things,
outdated attitudes to adopted people and their natural parents have had
a detrimental effect on the release of information to adopted people. As
a result processes have, in some cases, been delayed with others finding
that they come up against brick walls in their search for answers. In
the worst instances it has been found that delays have been so
protracted that the person the adopted person has been searching for has
died by the time they actually find them.”
She states this legislation, when introduced, will bring Ireland into
line with international best practice and will ensure that adopted
people here have the same rights as others around the world.
“It is only right that Ireland’s 50,000 plus adopted people are
facilitated in their quest to be able to access their birth certificates
and early care records. Every single person’s right to their own
identity should be equal. This legislation will ensure that that is the
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|“In all of us there
is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are
and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there
is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting
Alex Haley, Author of Roots