(Theresa Tinggal is pictured with Clare Daly TD after a press conference this morning calling for a public inquiry into illegal adoption. Theresa who was born in Ireland only found out 11 years ago that she was adopted)
Campaigners believe at least 2,000 babies – but possibly tens of thousands – were illegally registered as the natural children of adoptive parents over decades.
The minister [Frances Fitzgerald] has previously rejected calls for an independent inquiry so a dedicated team could look for hidden files that will uncover the extent of the scandal.
….While thousands of births were in private nursing homes and not State run institutions, Mrs Tinggal maintains records would have been held by former Dublin Archbishop John McQuaid to ensure siblings never married.