Birth (Information and Tracing) Act 2022
Update: 3rd November 2022
On 3rd October 2022 a new system opened for certain affected individuals to apply for information under the Birth (Information and Tracing) Act 2022. The Clann Project and Article Eight Advocacy have now published an Interim Guide on how to navigate the new system. Article Eight Advocacy has provided further interim guidance here.
In essence, we strongly recommend that you apply for information both via the legislation and under the General Data Protection Regulation. You can learn how to apply under the GDPR at this link where you will find the Adoption Rights Alliance Information Guide.
The legislation is only open to adopted people (including illegally adopted people), boarded out people, mothers or relatives of children who died in certain institutions, or the next of kin of an adopted person who has died.
If you are a mother you can apply for information under the GDPR using this template.
Relatives of mothers or adopted people who are deceased may find the Justice for Magdalenes Research Guide for Relatives of assistance.
Adoption Rights Alliance runs a peer support group on Facebook with circa 2,700 members, made up of adopted people, natural parents and others affected by adoption. Everything discussed in the group is confidential, and membership is vetted to ensure that only those with a genuine connection to adoption are granted access. If you wish, you are welcome to join under a pseudonym, and if you do, please let us know in your application. The group can be accessed here.
if you gave evidence to the commission of investigation
If you gave evidence to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and would like to obtain your personal data from the Commission archive, LLM candidates at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUIG and Article 8 Advocacy* have developed information and resources on making applications to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: https://datasubject.ie/mbh/
*The guide was written by James Conroy, Andrea Quinlan and Annmarie Townsend, LLM candidates at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, with input from Loughlin O’Nolan and Cassie Roddy-Mullineaux of Article Eight Advocacy.
if you have applied to the department of children for your health data
If you have applied to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth for your personal data and you have received a letter telling you your Health Data can only be provided to your doctor, Simon McGarr of McGarr Solicitors has developed a sample letter in response to these refusals. See: https://www.mcgarrsolicitors.ie/2021/06/11/sample-letter-in-response-to-dept-of-children-refusal-to-provide-health-data-in-response-to-mother-and-baby-home-survivor-data-subject-access-request/
Resources for Magdalene survivors and their relatives
The main aim of Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) is to provide for the advancement of education of the general public by researching the Magdalene Laundries and similar institutions and by providing information and support to the women who spent time in the Magdalene Laundries and their families. There are a number of self-help guides available on our website and links are provided below.
- Survivor Guide to Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme
- Supplementary Guide to the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme
- Research Guide for Magdalene Survivors
- Research Guide for Relatives of Magdalene Women
RESOURCES FOR industrial and reformatory school SURVIVORS
The My Data Rights website aims to assist survivors of Irish Industrial and Reformatory Schools to use the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to access their personal information, including records of the testimony that they gave to a previous inquiry or redress process.
Click here to read the My Data Rights Information Guides on:
- Making a Data Subject Access Request, and
- Making a Complaint to the Data Protection Commission.
Resources relating to the commission of investigation
(Still available for information purposes only)
Click here to download our Guide to the Commission of Investigation
Click here to download a one-page version of Clann’s Ethical Protocols
Click here to download the full version of Clann’s Ethical Protocols
Click here to download the Clann Consent Form
Click here to download the Clann Information Form (still available for information purposes only)
Commission of investigation DOCUMENTs
- Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation
- List of institutions in the Commission’s current Terms of Reference
- Information for Witnesses at the Investigation Committee
- Investigation Committee Rules and Procedures
- Application Form to Meet the Confidential Committee
- Information for Witnesses at the Confidential Committee
Confused about the differences between the Confidential Committee and the Investigation Committee? Please visit our Commission of Investigation FAQ page here for further information.