Taoiseach “more than willing” to offer a state apology to adoptees whose births were illegally registered

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says he is “more than willing” to issue a formal state apology in the Dáil to victims of illegal baby placements with adoptive couples.

In response to complaints from people who have been given false identities and believe they were illegally trafficked as children, an apology from Children’s Secretary Roderic O’Gorman on Tuesday was not enough.

The Minister issued an apology in the Seanad in relation to the Birth Tracking and Information Act.

But the victims, including many who were born in mother-and-child homes, say they were not adopted but placed in the care of others in criminal violation of the law.

They also said that previous apologies on behalf of the state were made by the Taoiseach in the Dáil. However, they are expected to accept a government apology from the minister in the Seanad.

Their dissatisfaction and renewed despair was voiced in the Dáil chamber by Social Democrat TD Gary Gannon, who asked if the Taoiseach was prepared to offer a personal apology to remedy the situation.

Mr Martin replied: “The Government thought it appropriate for the Minister to apologize on behalf of the Government.

“That means I’ve heard what survivor groups and the victims have said and of course I’m more than willing to do so (apologies)” the Taoiseach said.

Mr Martin said he would now be addressing the Minister “and other groups as well” over timing, as those concerned were informed the day before of Minister O’Gorman’s intended apology, which was too short notice for people living abroad was flying home to hear it in person.

The Taoiseach added, “I hope that would be done (a state apology) because what happened here was quite shocking.”

This is in relation to illegal birth registration, he said, which means “depriving people of their fundamental right to identity”.

There has also been a consistent loss of access to all information about their births, he said.

“It’s been like this for decades. Adequate access to fertility rates is something that is welcome and this legislation would allow full and unprecedented access,” he said.

He said Secretary O’Gorman had done a lot of very important work on illegal birth registration and “adopted quite a number of the Children’s Rapporteur’s recommendations on illegal birth registration”.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/taoiseach-more-than-willing-to-offer-state-apology-to-adopted-people-whose-births-were-illegally-registered-41639346.html Taoiseach “more than willing” to offer a state apology to adoptees whose births were illegally registered

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