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In 2010 Ireland ratified the Hague Convention – it was about making sure that adoptions worked well for children and reduced the likelihood of irregularities within the adoptive process. But it has had quite catastrophic effects for those who are trying to adopt. Keelin spoke to Kiernan Gildea, acting CEO of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Irish Times journalist Rosita Boland who has been trying to adopt since 2006.
Yesterday Brian O’Connell brought us the extraordinary story of a mother and son reunited after 44 years. Dee Templeton had last seen her son Micheál when he was taken from her at a mother and baby home when she was just 16 and yesterday they told us of their story. Today in the second part of our series on adoption, Brian brings us the stories of two people who unfortunately have yet to find happy endings and also looks at difficulties people are having accessing their records. Sean was joined by Brian and by Susan Lohan from Adoption Rights Alliance.
The Oscar nominated film, Philomena is the story of one of the many young unmarried mothers in Ireland who had their babies given up for adoption due to societal and family pressures. Today and tomorrow, Brian O’Connell reports on the children who were given up for adoption and the search undertaken by their birth mothers to reunite with the child they were forced to give up.
These are our three finalists from over 550 entrants to the John Murray Show/Saturday Night Show emerging music competition. Chanele McGuinness, Gary Showbiz and The New Transmission will battle it out in our live Studio 8 final on the John Murray Show on Thursday, May 29th for that coveted slot on the Saturday Night Show on May 31st.
Senator Averil Power was born in 1978, and her parents told her when she was 8 or 9 that she was adopted.. and then it was never mentioned again. She grew up in a small council house in Shankill, with her mum Jennifer and Dad Paul. She remembers initially being shocked.. but then it kind of made sense. She had always felt very different from the rest of her family. Averil tells the story of the whole process of finding and meeting her birth mother and how it has changed her whole life.
Beth called Liveline to talk about the challenges she's facing adopting a child from Bulgaria. There have been changes in the way the inter country adoption system works since the ratification of the Hague convention in 2010. Deputy Charles Flanagan called in to say that he had raised the issue in the Dail and was concerned at the level of fees involved for prospective parents.Jacinta told of her frustration at having been cleared to adopt a child as a single person but is now faced with having to go through the new system which will cost her extra money that ...