Paula Douglas, who was adopted in Ireland and now lives in the United States, pictured with her daughter Caitlin

Paula Douglas has known she was adopted from as early as she can remember. Her Irish mother Lil Holmes told her when she was four. Yet, she remaine(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton at the launch of the Philomena Project in Dublin last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Philomena Lee, whose devotion to finding her adopted son inspired a Hollywood film, said she would welcome the Government’s proposed Adoption Bill pr(...)

How to balance the respective rights of two groups: that of adopted people to discover their identity – to find out who they really are – and that of (...)

At present a constitutional right to privacy exists on the part of birth parents. Photograph: Getty Images

As many as 50,000 adopted people will have the right to their birth certificate for the first time under new legislation being drawn up by the Governm(...)

Pamela Jeffery, centre founder of WXN (Women’s Executive Network) with Julie Sinnamon CEO Enterprise Ireland, Cathriona Hallahan MD Microsoft Ireland, Caroline Keeling CEO Keelings, Louise Phelan, Paypal and Christine Heffernan Corporate Affairs Director Tesco. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The State’s gender pay gap is getting worse while Irish women with children continue to fare badly on the pay scale compared to their male colleagues,(...)

Philomena Lee: her success in highlihting the wrongs done to women and babies in Ireland subjected to forced adoptions is helping to inspire campaigners in Canada to bring similar abuses there to light. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Jennifer Hough, in TorontoWhen Valerie Andrews heard an interview last year on the CBC, Canada’s state broadcaster, with Irish adoption campaigner Phi(...)

Philomena Lee says Senator Averil Power’s  Bill would other women who were separated from their sons and daughters by adoption. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government will not oppose a new adoption Bill which seeks to give adoptees a right to their birth certificates, listing their original names and(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton photographed in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Philomena Lee, whose search for her son brought world-wide attention and an Oscar-nominated film, has thrown her support behind a new bill which provi(...)

Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

What do a disappearing wife, the driver theory test and a lot of wimpy kids have in common? They are among the subjects covered by Ireland’s most b(...)

 Patricia Carey, chief executive of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The top job at the Adoption Authority of Ireland has a turnover rate more associated with football managers. But Patricia Carey, its fourth chief exec(...)