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#Adoption

# adoption - Sunday 2 May, 2021

Geraldine was born in St Patrick's, her sister Pauline was born in Bessborough - 50 years later they found each other
# Long Lost Sisters
# Long Lost Sisters

Geraldine was born in St Patrick's, her sister Pauline was born in Bessborough - 50 years later they found each other

May 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 51,165 Views 0 Comments
  • Both women sought to find their birth parents, but instead discovered each other, Órla Ryan writes
  • A social worker 'stumbled across' information that changed their lives forever
  • They say adopted people have a right to their birth certs and medical history

# adoption - Thursday 29 April, 2021

Drew Harris says Mother and Baby Home crimes 'difficult to prosecute' despite reports of rape and incest
# Abuse
# Abuse

Drew Harris says Mother and Baby Home crimes 'difficult to prosecute' despite reports of rape and incest

Updated Apr 29th 2021, 5:55 PM 17,431 Views 0 Comments

An Garda Síochána has found “insufficient evidence” in the Commission’s report to start any criminal investigations.

# adoption - Tuesday 27 April, 2021

Bessborough survivor says more women 'will die not knowing if their child is rotting in a septic tank'
# Burials Bill
# Burials Bill

Bessborough survivor says more women 'will die not knowing if their child is rotting in a septic tank'

Updated Apr 27th 2021, 6:15 PM 15,616 Views 6 Comments

The Children’s Committee today discussed legislation that would allow exhumations and re-interment of remains at the sites of former mother and baby institutions.

# adoption - Friday 16 April, 2021

UN asked to intervene over Ireland's response to 'systemic racism' in mother and baby homes
# AMRI
# AMRI

UN asked to intervene over Ireland's response to 'systemic racism' in mother and baby homes

Apr 16th 2021, 6:00 AM 13,821 Views 0 Comments

The Association of Mixed Race Irish has asked the United Nations to visit Ireland and investigate institutional racism here.

# adoption - Monday 12 April, 2021

Philomena Lee among women taking legal action against findings in Mother and Baby Home report
# High Court
# High Court

Philomena Lee among women taking legal action against findings in Mother and Baby Home report

Updated Apr 12th 2021, 3:40 PM 68,430 Views 0 Comments

Lee’s life story was made into an award-winning film, Philomena, in 2013.

# adoption - Tuesday 6 April, 2021

'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'

Apr 6th 2021, 4:46 PM 13,369 Views 16 Comments

Adopted people have called for long-awaited tracing and information legislation to be published as a matter of urgency.

# adoption - Sunday 4 April, 2021

'Pay us and acknowledge what happened': Mother and baby home survivors want compensation and a remembrance day
# Redress
# Redress

'Pay us and acknowledge what happened': Mother and baby home survivors want compensation and a remembrance day

Apr 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 27,527 Views 41 Comments

Some survivors have also called on the government to take legal action against the religious orders who ran the institutions if they refuse to pay financial compensation.

# adoption - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

O'Gorman says adopted people will get birth certs and other information under new legislation
# Birth Certs
# Birth Certs

O'Gorman says adopted people will get birth certs and other information under new legislation

Updated Mar 10th 2021, 5:10 PM 18,515 Views 15 Comments

The minister has also launched a consultation process for a redress scheme for survivors of Mother And Baby Homes.

# adoption - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry
# Birth Registration
# Birth Registration

Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry

Mar 9th 2021, 4:26 PM 9,947 Views 12 Comments

Minister Roderic O’Gorman says “deep ethical issues” arise in relation to illegal birth registrations, and an inquiry may still happen.

# adoption - Saturday 6 March, 2021

Dr Peter Boylan: The RTÉ Investigates programme reminds us of the issues facing the State-funded National Maternity Hospital
# Opinion
# Opinion

Dr Peter Boylan: The RTÉ Investigates programme reminds us of the issues facing the State-funded National Maternity Hospital

Mar 6th 2021, 7:30 AM 29,057 Views 13 Comments

A private charity with Catholic values should not be given ownership of a State-funded maternity hospital, writes Dr Peter Boylan.

# adoption - Friday 19 February, 2021

'My mother gave birth to three children in three mother and baby homes in three years'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'My mother gave birth to three children in three mother and baby homes in three years'

Feb 19th 2021, 6:04 PM 50,085 Views 0 Comments

Beth Wallace wants to commemorate her brother who died, aged five weeks, 49 years ago today.

# adoption - Saturday 6 February, 2021

'Lives could be saved': Woman with MS says adopted people should have access to medical history
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'Lives could be saved': Woman with MS says adopted people should have access to medical history

Feb 6th 2021, 10:30 AM 25,153 Views 4 Comments

“So many lives could be made better, saved, elongated, if doctors knew what they were testing for.”

# adoption - Saturday 30 January, 2021

'The brother whipped him until his back was bleeding, then gave him an orange to keep quiet'
# Industrial School
# Industrial School

'The brother whipped him until his back was bleeding, then gave him an orange to keep quiet'

Jan 30th 2021, 10:30 AM 141,144 Views 30 Comments

Joe McAveety was born in a mother and baby home and grew up in industrial schools which were rife with physical and sexual abuse.

# adoption - Sunday 17 January, 2021

'Illegitimate children could contaminate the morals of society so had to be hidden and illegally adopted'
# Commission
# Commission

'Illegitimate children could contaminate the morals of society so had to be hidden and illegally adopted'

Jan 17th 2021, 8:00 AM 33,144 Views 0 Comments

Adopted people and survivors of mother and baby homes say forced adoption was widespread, regardless of what the commission says.

# adoption - Saturday 16 January, 2021

'We were told our mothers were prostitutes and ne'er-do-wells. My mother was a senior civil servant, aged 30'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'We were told our mothers were prostitutes and ne'er-do-wells. My mother was a senior civil servant, aged 30'

Jan 16th 2021, 10:30 AM 119,312 Views 0 Comments

Susan Lohan says adopted people have for decades been fed a false narrative about their mothers in the hopes they won’t try to find them.

# adoption - Friday 15 January, 2021

Opinion: It's finally time to admit that the Government's legal advice on adoption is wrong

Opinion: It's finally time to admit that the Government's legal advice on adoption is wrong

Jan 15th 2021, 12:10 AM 19,228 Views 46 Comments

David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College, says the legal advice provided to Government in relation to rights of adopted children is flawed and a referendum on the matter is not needed.

# adoption - Monday 11 January, 2021

Philomena Lee says Ireland must ensure mother and baby home 'atrocities' never happen again
# Forced Adoption
# Forced Adoption

Philomena Lee says Ireland must ensure mother and baby home 'atrocities' never happen again

Jan 11th 2021, 12:37 PM 21,980 Views 32 Comments

Lee also said she is “dismayed” that some details from the Mother and Baby Homes report were leaked.

How a 'surprising' lack of burial records impacted the work of the mother and baby home commission
# Bessborough
# Bessborough

How a 'surprising' lack of burial records impacted the work of the mother and baby home commission

Jan 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,125 Views 29 Comments

Ahead of the commission’s final report being published tomorrow, we’re taking a look back at its interim reports.

# adoption - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Concerns raised for survivors 'torn apart' by 'omnishambles' of mother and baby home legislation
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Concerns raised for survivors 'torn apart' by 'omnishambles' of mother and baby home legislation

Oct 29th 2020, 12:05 AM 21,105 Views 45 Comments

An adoption rights group said recent debates “have caused huge distress, with severe implications for people’s mental health”.

# adoption - Friday 23 October, 2020

Fionn Davenport: I was born in a mother and baby home - we have a right to our past
# Opinion
# Opinion

Fionn Davenport: I was born in a mother and baby home - we have a right to our past

Oct 23rd 2020, 9:04 AM 56,491 Views 33 Comments

Writer Fionn Davenport says the government’s rushing through of legislation last night condemns survivors of mother and baby homes to 30 more years of darkness.

# adoption - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Adopted people will not get automatic access to birth records over parent's right to privacy
# No Consensus
# No Consensus

Adopted people will not get automatic access to birth records over parent's right to privacy

Dec 11th 2019, 10:25 PM 15,495 Views 54 Comments

Minister Zappone said she was “personally deeply disappointed” that a consensus could not be reached on the issue.

# adoption - Thursday 9 May, 2019

81-year-old woman meets her mother for the first time after 60 years of searching
# Eileen Macken
# Eileen Macken

81-year-old woman meets her mother for the first time after 60 years of searching

May 9th 2019, 4:23 PM 61,498 Views 28 Comments

Eileen Macken spoke to Liveline this afternoon about meeting her mother Elizabeth, who’s 103.

# adoption - Sunday 17 February, 2019

'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC

Feb 17th 2019, 8:30 PM 67,113 Views 15 Comments

The woman’s adopted status is not well known and she was unaware she would have to discuss the topic in public.

# adoption - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Six-month waitlist for counselling and confusion for those affected by adoption scandal despite promises
# St Patrick's Guild
# St Patrick's Guild

Six-month waitlist for counselling and confusion for those affected by adoption scandal despite promises

Jan 12th 2019, 12:05 AM 13,363 Views 24 Comments

The HSE told Tusla it hadn’t received any direction on this, despite the Department of Children believing it to be the case.

# adoption - Thursday 10 January, 2019

Couples who were left in limbo after adoption agency shut down to get payments
# Arc Adoption
# Arc Adoption

Couples who were left in limbo after adoption agency shut down to get payments

Jan 10th 2019, 6:20 AM 14,376 Views 12 Comments

Arc Adoption was licenced to facilitate intercountry adoptions from 2011-2014.

# adoption - Thursday 1 November, 2018

'Many still don't know where loved ones are buried': Irish abuse conference happening in Boston
# Magdalene Laundries
# Magdalene Laundries

'Many still don't know where loved ones are buried': Irish abuse conference happening in Boston

Nov 1st 2018, 3:00 PM 10,473 Views 21 Comments

Minister Katherine Zappone will deliver a keynote speech at the event which is exploring adoption and institutional abuses.

# adoption - Monday 15 October, 2018

'My mother was tied to the bed and when she couldn't push, one of the nuns sat on her chest'
# Mother-and-baby Homes
# Mother-and-baby Homes

'My mother was tied to the bed and when she couldn't push, one of the nuns sat on her chest'

Oct 15th 2018, 10:52 AM 99,944 Views 26 Comments

A new report on mother and baby homes has recommended the State give those affected a statutory right to access files.

# adoption - Friday 6 July, 2018

Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good'
# St Patrick's Guild
# St Patrick's Guild

Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good'

Jul 6th 2018, 12:05 AM 18,400 Views 46 Comments

There may be more people than the 126 identified so far caught up in the St Patrick’s Guild adoption scandal.

# adoption - Thursday 14 June, 2018

'Lies, secrets and silences': Some people with illegally registered births will never know
# Adoption
# Adoption

'Lies, secrets and silences': Some people with illegally registered births will never know

Jun 14th 2018, 5:08 PM 10,362 Views 25 Comments

Minister Zappone has appointed an independent reviewer to oversee an analysis of tens of thousands of records.

# adoption - Tuesday 12 June, 2018

'Ireland's history needs to be cleaned up': Calls for scope of Mother and Baby Homes inquiry to be extended
# Adoption
# Adoption

'Ireland's history needs to be cleaned up': Calls for scope of Mother and Baby Homes inquiry to be extended

Jun 12th 2018, 1:13 PM 7,346 Views 34 Comments

The Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors also called for a full national DNA database with free testing for all adoptees and illegal adoptees.

# adoption - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

Joan Burton: 'I only saw my long form birth cert when I was close to 50 years of age'
# Adoption
# Adoption

Joan Burton: 'I only saw my long form birth cert when I was close to 50 years of age'

Jun 6th 2018, 7:00 AM 58,083 Views 65 Comments

Joan Burton TD recalls her personal efforts to obtain information on her adoption and what legal reforms are now necessary after revelations on the faking of birth certificates.

# adoption - Thursday 31 May, 2018

Poll: Should adopted people be allowed access their full birth information?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should adopted people be allowed access their full birth information?

May 31st 2018, 9:58 AM 29,588 Views 141 Comments

The issue of adoption rights has been to the forefront in recent days.

# adoption - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

'My date of birth was changed, so my biological parents had no hope of finding me'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'My date of birth was changed, so my biological parents had no hope of finding me'

May 30th 2018, 6:08 PM 19,893 Views 26 Comments

Yesterday it was revealed that 126 children adopted between 1946 and 1969 weren’t registered correctly.

Varadkar says there'll be 'difficult conversations' as some Irish people find out they were adopted
# False Registrations
# False Registrations

Varadkar says there'll be 'difficult conversations' as some Irish people find out they were adopted

May 30th 2018, 11:30 AM 24,485 Views 71 Comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, “This really needs to be dealt with with the ultimate sensitivity in the period ahead.”

# adoption - Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Zappone reveals at least 126 children were wrongly registered as biological children of adoptive parents
# St Patrick's Guild
# St Patrick's Guild

Zappone reveals at least 126 children were wrongly registered as biological children of adoptive parents

May 29th 2018, 3:26 PM 27,843 Views 103 Comments

People who were born between 1946 and 1969, who don’t have an adoption order, and were placed by St Patrick’s Guild may be affected by the revelation.

# adoption - Friday 4 May, 2018

Oklahoma passes law allowing adoption agencies deny children to LGBT families on religious grounds
# Adoption
# Adoption

Oklahoma passes law allowing adoption agencies deny children to LGBT families on religious grounds

May 4th 2018, 7:33 AM 14,134 Views 216 Comments

It’s similar to laws in at least five other states.

# adoption - Sunday 15 April, 2018

Column: So you think adoption has nothing to do with you?
# Voices
# Voices

Column: So you think adoption has nothing to do with you?

Apr 15th 2018, 8:45 AM 32,729 Views 43 Comments

Adoption affects more of us than we realise. 900,000 people are directly affected by adoption or close to 20% of the current population of Ireland, writes Paul Redmond.

# adoption - Sunday 21 January, 2018

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status
# PSC
# PSC

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status

Jan 21st 2018, 12:05 AM 60,850 Views 108 Comments

“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”

# adoption - Monday 25 December, 2017

'They were hell on earth': Global efforts to get kids out of orphanages are paying off
# Home
# Home

'They were hell on earth': Global efforts to get kids out of orphanages are paying off

Dec 25th 2017, 1:00 PM 16,449 Views 3 Comments

The number of children in Romania’s orphanages has plummeted from more than 100,000 in the 80s to about 7,000.

# adoption - Thursday 21 December, 2017

'By getting a puppy at Christmas you're putting it at the worst start in life'
# Dogs Trust
# Dogs Trust

'By getting a puppy at Christmas you're putting it at the worst start in life'

Dec 21st 2017, 6:15 AM 28,731 Views 18 Comments

Dogs Trust is repeating its warning to the public to not give dogs as Christmas presents.

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