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Identity Rights for Adoptees

by Noelle Brown

Since Marriage Equality and Repeal, we are full of the New Ireland conversations, but for adoptees, it is still the same archaic Old Ireland. We are denied our birth certificates, our medical records and information about the circumstances of our births. We are second-class citizens and not equal in the eyes of the law.

As the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, announces yet another year’s delay to the findings of the Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation and heels are being dragged around an exhumation at Tuam, Bessborough and other institutions, it is hard as a survivor not to despair of ever seeing justice.

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