The Minister for Children signs an order making information on births accessible from October

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The Minister for Children, Equality, Handicap, Integration and Youth has signed an order making birth information and research services accessible from 3 October.

Minister Roderic O’Gorman today (September 12) signed the order providing for services under the new Birth Information and Screening Act.

The law provides a full and clear right of access to birth certificates, birth and early childhood information, when available, for all persons who have been adopted, boarded, illegal birth registration or who have other questions about their origins. .

It also allows access to information available by a child of a data subject when his or her parent has died, and access by the next of kin of deceased children in an institution.

Minister O’Gorman said, “This law finally and conclusively addresses the unwarranted denial of identity rights of people for many decades in this state. We have finally found a way to provide a clear right for every person full and unredacted access to all of his or her information when available.

“Now, as everyone concerned will be able to avail themselves of these new provisions, allowing unhindered access to their birth information, we will be able to see the positive and real impact of the work we have undertaken on this law.”

Applications for registration can be made to the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. A bespoke website, www.birthinfo.ie, has been created for people wishing to apply or want further information.

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