Adoption Authority chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: “It was challenging but rewarding that we managed to ensure that no child failed in their desire to be adopted.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Up to 40 children were adopted by long-term foster parents after the Adoption Authority took last-minute action to ensure that Covid-19 restrictions d(...)

Susan Lohan, Adoption Rights Alliance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Almost a fifth of all adopted persons who applied for their birth certificate last year were denied access to the information. The latest annual repo(...)

 Since 2010 a total of 707 children have been adopted.  File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 5,000 children from 34 countries have been adopted by parents resident in Ireland since 1991, figures published on Wednesday show. A report f(...)

Tom Young, Chairman of Cunamh, the Catholic Adoption Agency. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Staff at Cúnamh Adoption Services, formerly known as the Catholic Protection & Rescue Society of Ireland, have spoken of their “sadness” and “huge(...)

Cúnamh’s 10,500 files have now been transferred to the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

The adoption agency Cúnamh, formerly known as the Catholic Protection & Rescue Society of Ireland, ceased operation at the close of business on Fr(...)

Brexit contingency fund: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced a Brexit package of €1.2 billion with a number of specific measures in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivered his Budget 2020 speech on Tuesday. The overall budget day package is €2.9 billion. The Minister’s full (...)

The woman claimed that she became pregnant at 15 years of age. The child was born in July 1979 in Mount Carmel Hospital, Dublin, where three days later the baby was taken from her against her will.

The High Court has dismissed a damages action against the Adoption Authority of Ireland brought by a 56-year-old woman who claims she was coerced into(...)

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(...)

Norman Spicer, of Coleman Legal Partners (CLP), which is representing about 15 people affected by the St Patrick’s Guild false adoption contorversy. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Many people whose births were falsely registered by the St Patrick’s Guild adoption society have been made to feel they were part of an illegal and sh(...)

 Minister for  Children Katherine Zappone has put the controversial Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill on hold. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Legislation to give adopted people access to their birth records has been paused to allow more consultation with those affected and with political par(...)

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