Kilkenny TD calls for probe into illegal adoptions in wake of shocking revelations
A Kilkenny TD is calling for Ireland’s historic adoption system to be fully investigated following shocking revelations in an RTÉ Investigates expose aired last night.
Sinn Fein children’s spokesperson Kathleen Funchion called for an independent investigation into the system of forced and illegal adoptions in the wake of disturbing revelations that emerged in the ‘Who Am I – Ireland’s Illegal Adoptions’ programme
Deputy Funchion said: “Tonight’s programme exposed another extremely unsettling chapter in this country’s treatment of women and children. We cannot ignore that a systematic and widespread illegal adoption system operated in Ireland for decades.
“The lives of the people featured in tonight’s programme have been devastated by the revelation that they are not who they thought they were.
“It is clearly evident that an independent, transparent and unimpeded investigation by the state into forced and illegal adoptions must now be prioritised,” Deputy Funchion added.
The Kilkenny TD said the system of adoption was overlooked by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission and again called for survivors to be given access to their birth certs.
Deputy Funchion added: “I was very critical of the fact that the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes did not fully examine illegal adoptions as part of its wider investigation, I believed, as did many survivors, that the practice was widespread.
“Tonight’s programme clearly shows what many survivors, their families and campaigners have long argued – adoptions were a lucrative business for many Mother and Baby Homes.
“Hearing the heart-breaking stories told this evening must now focus minds and assisting survivors must be at the forefront of the Government’s agenda.
“Next week I will bring forward my Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill which will give every adopted person the right to access their own birth certificate,” Deputy Funchion added.