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State must move to take possession of the 50,000 adoption files currently outside of its control – Denise Mitchell TD

13 June, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Denise Mitchell TD, has called on the Government to ensure that adoption records still being held by adoption societies are taken into possession of the State.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs confirmed on Wednesday that Tusla and the Adoption Authority of Ireland had approximately 100,000 of the estimated 150,000 records in its possession.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Mitchell also raised concerns about the sampling exercise announced by the Minister:

“I understand it is only an initial exercise but I don’t think we would accept a mere sampling exercise into any other organisations accused of what is effectively child trafficking.

“We need to make sure that any records held by these organisations are transferred to Tusla and cannot be tampered with or destroyed”

Deputy Mitchell also called for a thorough investigation into all of the 183 identified adoption agencies:

“Given the latest news on the enormous number of illegal adoptions in St Patrick’s Guild alone, the Minister must now commit to ensure there is a comprehensive and properly resourced investigation into the illegal adoptions scandal.

“Such an investigation must cover all agencies, individuals and homes involved in adoption in this state and the estimated two thousand babies who were illegally sent to the United States.”

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