Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Select Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2022: Committee Stage

Photo of Thomas PringleThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent) | Oireachtas source

That is fair enough, but there are a rake of copies of the grouping list and stuff like that up at the top table. I know the Bills Office may be under pressure or whatever and that has to be dealt with. At the same time, Members are entitled to have this information to be able to participate in the session as well. That is very important.

I will not stay very much on this because I am not fully ready yet anyway. As Deputy Funchion said, the amendments were submitted to try to elicit as much information and to cover as many bases as possible to ensure information is provided to the adopted person in pursuing his or her information.

It says something that adopted people feel they must be so comprehensive in putting information forward and having it spelt out so forcefully in the amendments. That should be taken on board. The Department probably feels it has covered the issue with its amendments and we will hear that from the Minister. I believe there is something in this and it should be looked at and taken on board by the Department.


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