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Monday 22 July 2019

'There are gaps in my story,' says Boyd Barrett

Richard Boyd Barrett Picture: Frank McGrath
Richard Boyd Barrett Picture: Frank McGrath

People before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett may be one of the people whose adoption in the late 1960s was conducted illegally.

His adoption took place from St Patrick's Guild - the institution at the centre of the State's latest adoption scandal.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone this week revealed Tusla had discovered 126 cases where people had their births illegally registered at the Guild.

"I've a cert signed two years after I was born," Mr Boyd Barrett told the Irish Independent.

He said a question remained as to the exact circumstances surrounding his birth and adoption.

"My story ended up happy but this could turn the world of some people upside-down. I know people who were very hurt by this legacy of illegal adoption.

"However, there were certain gaps in the story of my adoption," he said.

"I tried to get information from a monseigneur involved in the adoption, and he said he couldn't remember it."

The TD for Dún Laoghaire also said that because his birth mother, the actress Sinead Cusack, came looking for him, he didn't have to go through the same obstacles as most people when looking for information.

"For people finding out they were adopted, it will be very difficult, it certainly struck me this week.

"This is yet another example of secrecy and protection of the Catholic Church and priests.

"The right to know your identity is straightforward; there are issues around how you deal with contacting mothers but there should be no issue here."

Irish Independent

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