Thursday 13 December 2018

Zappone eager to bring in new adoption laws

Katherine Zappone
Katherine Zappone
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Laws allowing adopted people and those illegally registered at birth to have access to information on their origins are being pushed by the Children's Minister.

Katherine Zappone will today announce the next steps for the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill, which has been on the table since 2016.

Previous efforts to introduce legislation in the area go back as far as 2001 and have all failed.

It has been estimated by children's charity Barnardos that some 15,000 may have illegally had their adoptive parents registered as their birth parents.

The scandal erupted when it emerged Tusla was to contact up to 126 people whose births were illegally registered by the Patrick's Guild adoption society and might not know they are adopted.

"I would like to assure everyone that the bill remains a priority for me," Ms Zappone said.

"The bill seeks to respect the rights to identity and privacy, which sometimes conflict with one another.

"Given the constitutional context, striking the balance between these rights is proving challenging," she said.

The minister is holding a series of meetings this week to brief advocacy groups and members of the Oireachtas on the complex legal issues that arise from the bill with a view to progressing it as soon as possible.

She will also brief them on the issue of incorrect birth registrations.

Irish Independent

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