February 4, 2023

‘It’s time to put this right’ – Kilkenny TD urges all parties to ‘end the historic injustice’ and support Birth Cert Bill

A Kilkenny TD is calling cross party support for her Birth Certificate Bill which she says end the “historic injustice” for adopted people in this country.

Deputy Kathleen Funchion, who is Sinn Féin spokesperson for childrne, has urged all TDs to ensure all adopted people over the age of 18 have a legal right to access their own birth certificate when legislation comes before the Dáil today.

The access to birth certs issues has been brought before the Dáil on the back of the fallout from the report by the Mother and Babies Commission and in the wake of damning revelations uncovered in the recent RTÉ Investigates documentary: ‘Who am I – The Story of Ireland’s illegal adoptions.’

Deputy Funchion said: “This is an important opportunity to finally right a historic wrong and deliver justice for adopted people, who have been treated so cruelly and denied access to their birth certificates.

“This is about the fundamental right to know who you are, something which so many of us take for granted and which has been denied to adopted people for decades.

“This legislation is survivor-led and is widely supported by survivors and adoptee groups. It’s time to listen to survivors and put this right,” Deputy Funchion added.





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