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Who do you think you are? New Birth Information Act in force

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

The signing into law of the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022 means that, for the first time in Ireland, adopted persons (including persons who were boarded out or the subject of an illegal birth registration) have clear rights in relation to birth information.

Enacted following a decades-long campaign, the act guarantees an unqualified right to the full and unredacted release of information to adopted persons who have attained the age of 16 years (and, in certain cases, other persons), in order to address the challenges in accessing birth certificates and birth and early-life information. But what does it mean for adopted persons? writes ByrneWallace LLP Head of Health and Social Care Sinéad Kearney SC and Associate John Anthony Devlin.

Click here to read the recently published article in the Law Society Gazette.

Please note that the content of this summary does not amount to professional advice. Legal advice should be sought in respect of specific queries. This update is provided on the basis of information available as at November 2022.