Abandoned Again


Minster for Children Katherine Zappone

Yesterday evening.

Just after 5.30pm.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone released a press statement saying the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill, 2016 will not allow for adoptees to automatically access their birth information.

In a footnote to editors, Ms Zappone’s press release states:

The Minister’s legal advice is that there must be some protection of birth parents’ constitutional right to privacy reflected in the legislation.

There are two rights at play, the right to identity and the right to privacy, and legislation must seek to harmonise these rights.

However, this advice is contrary to the desire of advocates for unrestricted access to identity information and to birth certificates.

In the accompanying press release, the minister is quoted as saying:

“I would like to sincerely thank those who have given me their views and opinions on this matter and who have supported me in my efforts to seek consensus to progress these matters.

“I am personally deeply disappointed that it has not proved possible to reach a consensus on the complex and emotive issue of the release of birth information and that this issue must be set aside for now.

I hope this can be progressed in the future, but my priority, for now, is to move forward with those issues on which there is general consensus.”

The press release can be read in full here

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7 thoughts on “Abandoned Again

  1. Ron

    Ah the great Katherine Zappone. I remember how the daw jawed Irish electorate spoke of her when first elected. Almost akin to his Lord himself in terms of how great she was going to be. Only thing it does prove is just how daw jawed the electorate are that vote for her.

    A few words to describe Katherine Zappone. I’ll start:

    atrocious, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, embarrassing, ghastly, hideous, abhorrent, obnoxious, inept, incompetent, incapable.

    If this is the best the daw jawed electorate are sending to our parliament we really are up faeces creek without a paddle.

  2. Mr. Camomile T

    Consensus me bollox. They’re keeping a lid on yet another state-sponsored misogynistic box of shame for as long as possible, in the hope that the people affected by it will die off, thereby letting the state off the hook for any potential compensation claims.

    Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of adopted people just want to know who they are and where they came from.

    1. Cian

      Do you think the parents have any rights? And where would you draw the line between the rights of the parents Vs rights of the child?

      1. V

        You know what I think Cian

        Let the respective parties
        The Parent(s) and or the Child
        decide that for themselves

        Its none of anyone’s business after that

        So stop this 75 year lark
        And stop Zappones pathetic attempts at procrastination
        She’s making a holy show of that Department and of herself

        And something for your crowd to bare in mind, her seat is very flakey
        And I’m aware of one individual considering having a lash off her record and Fine Gaels for hosting it, by paying up the 500 yoyos and running in Dublin South West

        If that happens, I can promise you it will not be pretty and it may well cost Brophy is own seat, and others won’t be the better of it either

        1. Mr. Camomile T

          “Who is my mother?”

          “I’m sorry, that’s private.”

          “Who is my father?”

          “That’s private too.”

          “Then, who am I?”


      2. Dr.Fart

        somewhere different to where you’d draw it, based on your history of having a wildly pro-government skewed opinion on everything. you dont have a mind for yourself. fuppin blueshirt

  3. Truth in the News

    If the parent consented to the adoption, in other words gave the child up for
    adoption, surely the adopted person should now have a greater right to their
    records and in particular in many cases to determine if the consent was
    freely given, there is an area of secrecy surrounding the process, and it has
    been fostered to protect certain religious groups and their associated
    adoption societies.

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