Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Health
Olivia Mitchell (Dublin South, Fine Gael)
Question 449: To ask the Minister for Health his plans to legislate for the tracing rights of adopted children, particularly those adopted in the 1950, 1960s and 1970s; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17353/11]
Frances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
Legislation to provide for information and tracing is in preparation within my department and is a priority. This is a sensitive and complex area, and it will be necessary for the legislation to balance the constitutional rights of mothers whose children were adopted with those of adopted people seeking to trace their birth families.