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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Adoption Data

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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213. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his plans to amend the Adoption Act 2010 to provide full access to birth certificates for adopted persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9251/21]

Roderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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I know the absolute importance of access to birth certs and early life information for adoptees. Addressing this issue is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan in response to the Commission’s Report. It is a priority for myself, the Attorney and the Taoiseach.

My Department and I are engaging intensively with the Attorney General to find a solution to the issue of release of birth information and any amendments to the Adoption Acts will be considered in that context. Through this engagement with the Attorney, I am hopeful that we will have Heads of Bill by end March/ early April.

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