CHILDREN'S Minister Frances Fitzgerald has blocked a proposal to put an age limit on prospective parents who wish to adopt.
Ms Fitzgerald told the Irish Independent that she has rejected the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) recommendation to cap the age at 42 for those seeking a foreign adoption.
The AAI proposed the measure due to the length of time it can take for foreign adoptions to be completed.
But Ms Fitzgerald last night blocked the AAI's proposal.
"An age limit of 42 years would discriminate against many prospective parents who would otherwise provide a child with a loving home in compliance with Hague Convention standards," she said.
The latest figures show that 73.3pc of inter-country adopters are aged 40-51.