Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said there are ‘incredibly complex’ and ‘incredibly ethically difficult issues’ to address. File photograph: iStock

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has said a forthcoming report into the next steps for the State in investigating illegal adoptions will have a (...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has asked the special rapporteur on child protection to consider the complexities and ethical issues that have now arisen and to propose an appropriate course of action. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A review into the prevalence of illegal adoptions in Ireland has found that up to 20,000 files could potentially relate to irregular birth registratio(...)

Former tánaiste Joan Burton, who is adopted, said the Government’s decision to refer it to the children’s rapporteur for a period of six months was a ‘kick to touch’. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

The discovery of 126 illegal birth registrations at St Patrick’s Guild three years ago marked the opening of “another dark chapter in our history”; so(...)

Prof Conor O’Mahony,  State’s special rapporteur for child protection, says it is vital that every reasonable effort be made to fill in the blanks in the lives of as many as possible of those affected.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the issue of illegal adoption was “shocking” and said that those affected will be helped and supported. He was spe(...)

Mr Justice John Jordan said time and expedition ‘should be measured in weeks and months – and not in years”.

A High Court judge has criticised a nine-year delay by the Adoption Authority of Ireland in making adoption orders for four Indian children living her(...)

Of the 40 to 60 children a year now being adopted here from overseas, they are likely to come from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Poland, the US or Haiti.

The continuing anguish around how thousands of Irish babies were put up for adoption for all the wrong reasons was painfully evident from last week(...)

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(...)

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