18 Oct 2021, 16.45
The Joint Committee on Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, 19 October, to resume Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2021.
The meeting at 3pm in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House will be split into two sessions.
· Session 1 – Representatives from The Collaborative Forum and Adoptionloss Natural Parents Network of Ireland.
· Session 2 – Representatives from In it together – Who am I? and Solas for Mothers
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Kathleen Funchion said: “As part of our pre-legislative scrutiny of the this important legislation, the Committee sought and received written submissions from interested groups and individuals and has held a number of public meetings with relevant stakeholders, as well as with the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth. We now look forward to discussing the Heads of the Bill with these key stakeholders as we continue to prioritise the process of bringing justice and closure for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes.”
The purpose of the Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2021 is to enshrine into law the importance of an individual knowing their origins. The Bill proposes a right to access birth certificates, birth and early life information for people who have questions in relation to their origins, and also all people who were adopted, boarded out, the subject of an illegal birth and others with questions in relation to their identity. The legislation also proposes the establishment of a comprehensive Tracing Service and a statutory Contact Preference Register to support people wishing to make contact or share information.
It is important to note that the Committee is assessing the proposed legislation which is currently before it and not any other document.
The Joint Committee on Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth has 14 Members, nine from the Dáil and five from the Seanad.
The meeting in Committee Room 4 can be viewed live on Oireachtas.ie.
Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.