Lines between privacy and secrecy blurred for adoptees in Ireland

The lines between privacy and secrecy have become blurred for adoptees in Ireland.

That’s the message from Aitheantas the advocacy group for adoptees which lobby for reform and equality within the system in Ireland.

In recent days Councillors in Cavan have backed calls for adoptees to be allowed to access information on their health, heritage and family history making them the fifteenth Council to back the Aitheantas (PRON: Ah-hen-tus) campaign.

Ireland is the only EU country not to grant adoptees full access to their birth information, including their birth certificate.

However, Maree Ryan-O’Brien spokesperson for the group told The Wider View that releasing the documents wouldn’t breach the right to privacy, but withholding them continues the history of secrecy: