Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (381)

Jennifer Whitmore

Question:

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.