New Irish adoption law opens wounds as 900 register to trace birth families

Octogenarian and child of five among adopted children or parents applying for unrestricted access to early years data

An 81-year-old, adopted as a child, and a 74-year-old mother who gave up her baby for adoption, are among 900 people who have registered to trace their parents or children after landmark legislation was passed in Ireland.

The public response to the new laws, which came into force on 1 July, is opening decades-old wounds for children and parents who were separated at birth, some sent to the UK or the US, during the past 100 years.

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