Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and AAI chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: legislation would make the authority the custodian of these sensitive adoption records.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Up to 200 potential locations holding adoption files around the country have been drawn up in a draft document by the Adoption Authority of Ireland (A(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: ‘We cannot have a law that provides unrestricted access to information about one’s identity to the adopted person.’ Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Tuesday, December 10th, 1991: Ireland was in the midst of a vitally important debate about an agreement that would create the European Union as we now(...)

The process involves having to contact both the birth parents and those whose births were illegally registered, with social workers gathering documents to identify and locate them.

Investigators attempting to trace those affected by illegal adoption registrations at St Patrick’s Guild have described the ongoing process as “slow a(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: she has said an independent investigator will look at a “targeted sampling” of files. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The terms of reference for a sample investigation of adoption records has been dismissed as “shameful” by campaigners, who have called for a more wide(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she will commence the provisions of the law as soon as possible. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A legal requirement that forced birth mothers to adopt their own children when their partners wished to adopt them has been removed. The Adoption (Am(...)

Irish Foster Carers’ Association Children chief executive  Catherine Bond said children in foster care have often experienced  trauma and require supports,  and adoption would not diminish their needs for such  supports. File photograph: Getty Images

New legislation that will allow hundreds of children in foster care to be adopted must not result in the loss of services to vulnerable children, the (...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly announced the publication of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A new Bill setting out amendments to adoption law has been published by the Government which will give legal effect to the children’s referendum propo(...)

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(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says: ‘The clear strategy of the No side is to try and confuse people by bringing emotive but unrelated matters such as parentage and surrogacy into the debate.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Referendum Commission has said that surrogacy and adoption rights will not be affected by the same-sex marriage referendum, regardless of the resu(...)

Identity crisis: Theresa Hiney Tinggal as a four-year-old
The baby black market

The National Archives of Ireland contain just a few snippets, but they are enough to make clear that State officials in 1950s Ireland knew the coun(...)

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