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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Mother finds adopted daughter after a 30-year search

Enda Kenny welcomes the news in the Dail

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has welcomed the news that a mother has found her adopted daughter after a 30-year search.

The case was raised in the Dail by Independent TD Clare Daly, who said that there were thousands of other people searching to find their adopted family members.

The Dail heard that the woman gave birth to a baby daughter in the Mother and Baby Home in Castlepollard in Westmeath in 1966 but never consented to giving her up for adoption. She was told by a priest and matron that her daughter had been adopted but never signed any papers.

Ms Daly said that the woman had contacted her ten days ago in desperation because she had cancer twice – and wanted to tell her daughter about her health history. She had been married with four children but had never given up searching for her daughter.

Ms Daly said she had contacted the Adoption Rights Alliance, who got back last Friday to say that they had managed to locate and contact the woman’s daughter – who is now aged 47.

“Her daughter was absolutely delighted and is looking forward to meeting her mother. 30 years searching ended in ten days because of random correspondence with a TD,” she said.

At Leader’s Questions, Mr Kenny said he was glad that had worked out.

“Clearly this is a good ending to a long running saga where a mother was looking for her naturally born baby,” he said.

Mr Kenny promised to arrange a meeting between Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the Adoption Alliance to deal with Ms Daly’s complaint that the records in this case were available and should have been used long before to re-unite the woman with her daughter.

The Manor House Mother and Baby Home at Castlepollard was run by the Sacred Heart Sisters from 1935 until 1971. All records relating to those in the home are held in the HSE’s Adoption Unit in St. Stephen's Hospital in Cork

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