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Press Releases

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Human rights  

2015 Publications

Adoption Rights Alliance concerned about identity rights in Children and Family Relationships Bill 

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Click here to download the briefing note


2011 Publications

Adoption Rights Alliance Legislative Proposals
Click here to view Adoption Rights Alliance legislative proposals submitted to Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald.

Summary of Recommendations for Adoption Legislation
Click here for Adoption Rights Alliance recommendations regarding adoption legislation

Adoption Rights Alliance response to the Adoption Authority Draft Corporate Plan
Click here to view the Adoption Rights Alliance submission to the Adoption Authority Corporate Plan Consultation Survey.

2010 Publications

11th March 2010
Ireland's 'first wave of intercountry adoptions'??
Irish Minister for Health and Children Barry Andrews' official statements on Wednesday, 3 March (at the Committee debate on a pending adoption bill) leave me with my jaw gaping and wondering if this man is fit for office. He said, "The first wave of inter-country adoptions occurred in the early 1990s. Some of those individuals are now coming of age and beginning to take an interest in tracing. Therefore, it would be more appropriate to wait until we have a little bit more knowledge and experience of this area. There is a perfectly good system for tracing in this country. It has worked well. "

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16th March 2010

Blog: A New Ireland with a lot to learn 
(In response to the extract from Nell McCafferty’s book, Irish Times 8th March 2010)
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4th June 2010
Blog: 1901 Census Access
Millions get access to free census records while adopted people are denied basic human rights. Adopted people are outraged as Mary Hanafin, the same minister who sought to criminalise them, glibly acknowledges the importance of being rooted and having access to history and heritage. Click here for Claire McGettrick's reaction and click here for the Irish Times report.

4th May 2010
Adopted 'Children' and Parents: at age 50?
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26th April 2010
Open letter to Barry Andrews from Claire McGettrick

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20th April 2010
Adoption Rights Alliance Irish Examiner Opinion Piece:
Unlike horses, we've no right to a birth cert
Adopted people have no legal rights to their birth certificates and will most likely remain ignorant of their natural parents, writes Susan Lohan and Claire McGettrick. 
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2009 Publications

December 2009
Presentations to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on the 2009 Adoption Bill

Opening statement to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

Submission to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children



“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 loneliness." 

Alex Haley, Author of Roots 





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