Ireland signs new adoption agreement with USA
A LANDMARK adoption agreement has been reached between Ireland and the United States of America.
The agreement, which covers almost all US states, is to be finalised today in Washington DC where Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald is holding final talks with counterparts in the US Department of State.
Adoptions from the US were halted for five years because of the absence of an intercountry legal framework between the US and Ireland.
But the new agreement will raise hopes for hundreds of would be adoptive parents.
Ms Fitzgerald is expected to make a full statement later today.
The Minister has been accompanied on her trip by senior officials from her department as well as Geoffrey Shannon, the chairman of the Adoption Authority of Ireland.