If you’re not directly affected by these issues you can still help!

The actions you can take are going to change as the situation changes. The Commission of Investigation’s archive has not yet transferred to the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The Minister’s Department has not yet published the policies and processes it will be using to assess subject access requests from survivors.

Sign the petition to make a single paragraph amendment to the Civil Registrations Act which will allow adoptees access to their birth certificates. This legislative amendment is fully endorsed by our friends in the Adoption Rights Alliance, JFM Research and the Clann Project.

If you’re in Ireland write to your TD and ask them to

  • insist that the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth fully applies the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union to the records which will transfer to him at the end of February
  • insist his department publishes the policies it will apply to access requests made for these records before the records are transferred so these policies can be adequately scrutinised
  • emphasise to the Minister that secrecy in this matter is not an option for the Irish state any more

You can find a list of TDs in your constituency and their contact details on the Oireachtas website.

If you have read the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation and noted any inaccuracies the Adoption Rights Alliance is collecting examples of these. You can make a submission on the Adoption Rights Alliance website.


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