Tuesday 6 December 2016

Most adopted people here face monumental brick wall

Published 16/03/2011 | 05:00

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton with her daughter Aoife Carroll
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton with her daughter Aoife Carroll

Mary Kenny's opinion piece (Irish Independent, March 14) portrays only one side of Ireland's closed secret adoption system.

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We agree with Ms Kenny that Joan Burton is an inspirational person, and are proud to see an adopted person in Cabinet. However, we must vehemently disagree that her case is 'a shining example of good practice' in adoption.

The religious-run adoption society St Patrick's Guild could not help in searching for Joan Burton's natural family. Ten years later, Ms Burton received help from a voluntary organisation (the forerunner to Adoption Rights Alliance) and traced her natural family. In the time that had elapsed, however, her natural mother had died.

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