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# illegal adoption

Last year
'It's an insult': €3,000 payment for people who were illegally adopted criticised
The payments will only apply to people whose illegal adoptions were facilitated by St Patrick’s Guild.
Mother told daughter would 'get a needle in her arm every day' until she signed adoption papers
Sally McAndrew says nuns threatened to put her in a vaccine trial when her mother put off signing her adoption papers.
Sally McAndrew says nuns threatened to put her in a vaccine trial when her mother put off signing her adoption papers
'Every day you don’t sign, your daughter is getting a needle in her arm and will be screaming in pain'
Sally says her biological father received her home address when he paid £5,000 to nuns, Órla Ryan reports
All time
Denying adopted people access to their birth certs 'could re-traumatise them'
Survivors of Mother and Baby Homes have said “the right to truth is key”, an Oireachtas Committee heard today.
'Groundbreaking' legislation will give adopted people access to birth certs and early life information
Under the new law, even if a birth parent says they don’t want their child to get their birth cert or related information, the adopted person will still get access.
The legislation will provide a clear right of access for adopted people and others with questions on their origins to birth certs, birth and early life information.
The Bill will have to first undergo pre-legislative scrutiny, which is expected to take place in the coming months.
A separate memo addressing the issue of illegal birth registrations was brought to Cabinet this morning.
Geraldine was born in St Patrick's, her sister Pauline was born in Bessborough - 50 years later they found each other
Drew Harris says Mother and Baby Home crimes 'difficult to prosecute' despite reports of rape and incest
Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept
She lodged a complaint about the department’s ‘failure to comply with the assurances’ provided to her.
Illegal adoption investigator strongly objected to redaction of institution names in report
The report was published with the names of the institutions redacted.
O'Gorman says adopted people will get birth certs and other information under new legislation
'Illegitimate children could contaminate the morals of society so had to be hidden and illegally adopted'
Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week
The review was commissioned in 2018 but its publication was delayed.
'Illegitimate children could contaminate the morals of society so had to be hidden and illegally adopted'
Adopted people and survivors of mother and baby homes say forced adoption was widespread, regardless of what the commission says.
'We were told our mothers were prostitutes and ne'er-do-wells. My mother was a senior civil servant, aged 30'
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.
'I was told not to touch him or bond with him because that was for his other mother'
Tressa Reeves was separated from her son for 52 years.
'Ireland's history needs to be cleaned up': Calls for scope of Mother and Baby Homes inquiry to be extended
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.
Heart-wrenching documentary shines light on adoption trade of Irish 'illegitimate children'
Martin Sixsmith travels to Ireland and America to reveal the moving stories of parents and children.
Opinion: It may seem heartless, but we shouldn't fund an inquiry into religious-run homes
I shudder to imagine what those mothers and their beautiful babies went through. But we need to ask the difficult question: is this the correct use of funds that children living today so badly need?
Opinion: Adoption, illegitimate children and ‘the bogey of proselytism’ in Catholic Ireland
The history of Ireland’s legal adoption battle is fraught with examples of church-state collusion, even after 1952 when legislation for it was finally enacted in Ireland.
State 'robbing adoptees of their identities' by denying access to birth certs
Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power, who was adopted from a mother-and-baby home, has called for access rights to be given,