Thursday, 2 December 2021
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
126. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 737 of 31 March and 412 of 16 November 2021, the status of his engagement or plans for same with persons affected by illegal birth registrations in relation to the report of the Special Rapporteur titled Proposals for a state response to illegal birth registrations in Ireland; when he expects to publish the report of the Special Rapporteur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59528/21]
Following publication of the Independent Review into illegal birth registrations, published in March 2021, I asked Professor Conor O'Mahony, the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, to consider the very significant complexities and challenges, including the deep ethical issues, which arise in relation to the issue of illegal birth registrations, and to propose an appropriate course of action.
I have now received this report from the Special Rapporteur titled "Proposals for a state response to illegal birth registrations in Ireland". As I stated in Parliamentary Question 412 of 16 November 2021, I am actively considering the report, its conclusions and recommendations, in advance of bringing it to Government and publishing it.
There has been no change in the status of the engagement with individuals since the Deputy's previous Parliamentary Question. I am actively considering the report, its conclusions and recommendations and intend to engage with individuals affected by illegal birth registrations in relation to the report in due course. I expect to publish the report of the Special Rapporteur after bringing it to Government.