Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (381)

Jennifer Whitmore


381. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the timeline for the adoption of legislation in relation to mother and baby homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2887/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I am taking it that the Deputy is referring to the proposed information and tracing legislation.

I know the absolute importance of access to birth certs and early life information for adoptees. Addressing this issue is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan in response to the Commission’s Report. It is a priority for myself, the Attorney and the Taoiseach.

My Department and I are engaging intensively with the Attorney General to find a solution to the issue of release of birth information based on GDPR, which protects an individual’s right to their personal information. Through this engagement with the Attorney, I am hopeful that we will have Heads of Bill by end March/ early April.

Question No. 382 answered with Question No. 358.
Question No. 383 answered with Question No. 364.