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Mon, Oct 08, 2012
A GROUP CAMPAIGNING for the rights of those ‘informally’ or
‘illegally’ adopted have held a demonstration calling for their
right to be recognised in new adoption legislation due for review at the
end of this year.
About 20 supporters of campaign group Adopted Illegally congregated
outside the Central Bank in Dublin on Saturday asking the Government to
release records to help those illegally adopted to gain access to
essential medical and historical information.
Theresa Tinggal and fellow campaigner Maria Dumbell travelled to Dublin
from the UK earlier this week to hand a letter to Minister for Children
and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald asking her to make available
records relating to informal adoptions in the 1950s.
“We want legislation changed in Ireland so we can gain access to case
files, medical workers’ files that do exist,” said Ms Tinggal. She
learned eight years ago that she had been adopted illegally when she was
two days old.
“In view of the Adoption Information and Tracing Bill coming out at
the end of the year, and the children’s referendum, we thought it was
an appropriate time to come over,” she said.
The group met the HSE this week to put their case. “We were told by
the HSE we can’t change anything unless legislation changes and
that’s why we’re lobbying,” said Ms Tinggal.
Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald joined the demonstration calling for
legislation to be drafted. “I’m here to support adopted people in
what I believe are very reasonable asks of the State in respect to
accessing their files and basic provisions available to people adopted
that are living in other jurisdictions,” she said.
“The new Adoption Bill offers an opportunity to give rights in respect
to tracing, access to files – and I think the Government should take
Trafficked, an installation documenting the illegal adoption issue by
Cllr Mannix Flynn, was on display this weekend in Temple Bar. It
includes passport images of babies shipped to America and paperwork
associated with them. Mr Flynn said illegal adoption was “a massive
issue for Ireland”.
© 2012 The Irish Times
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