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Incorrect birth registrations by Sisters of Charity adoption agency ‘shocking’ – Denise Mitchell TD

29 May, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has described the confirmation from Minister Zappone that St Patrick’s Guild adoption society run by the Sisters of Charity incorrectly or falsely registered births as ‘shocking’.

Speaking on Tuesday, Deputy Mitchell said:

“I want to first of all commend Tusla on identifying clear evidence of these incorrect registrations which took place between 1946 and 1969. It is shocking that in many of the cases identified these individuals may be entirely unaware of the circumstances of their birth.

"This is an incredibly serious issue and one which much be dealt with sensitively.

“Every person has a right to know their origins and should have freedom to access their own records. I have heard from many people who were adopted from St Patrick’s Guild that they often faced difficulties in accessing any information from the adoption society itself, and in fact in many cases were frustrated from getting to the truth.

"I want to welcome Minister Zappone’s confirmation that those affected will be contacted and notified in a sensitive manner and in line with good social work practice. 

"Every resource should be made available to ensure that we get the full truth about this issue, and also to ensure that the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes which has received the relevant files from Tusla has enough resources to complete its work within the timeframe previously outlined by the Minister.

“I also want to welcome the news that Tusla has forwarded on this information to An Garda Síochána."

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