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Parliamentary questions
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31 July 2019
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Question for written answer E-002491-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Rights of adoptees in Ireland

As reported by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Ireland remains the only EU country that does not grant adoptees the right to access adoption files and information relating to their biological family.

Ireland maintains a register that was established to facilitate contact between adoptees and their biological family, but participation is only voluntary, and many adoptees still do not have access to information about their identity, to their birth certificate or to their health history.

Will the Commission outline its position regarding the Irish Government’s policy of denying adoptees their right to information and, more specifically, on whether the Irish Government is in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) — which stipulates a child’s ‘right to know and be cared for by his or her parents’ — and the Hague Adoption Convention — which stipulates that authorities shall preserve information on ‘the child’s origin, in particular information concerning the identity of his or his parents, as well as the medical history’?

Last updated: 8 August 2019Legal notice