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Statement from Coalition of Mother and Baby home Survivors

The Government admitted today they have just “discovered’ dozens or false birth registrations in the Saint Patrick’s Guild adoption agency files. Once again, this is just the tip of a very large iceberg of fraud, forgery, baby trafficking, child abduction and criminal activity by rogue Irish adoption agencies who have destroyed tens of thousands of innocent peoples’ lives.

It’s important to note that the Government has known all about this for more than 20 years when Alan Shatter and Francis Fitzgerald as opposition T.D.s, in the Dáil, made detailed speeches about illegal practices in adoption agencies and named Saint Patrick’s Guild. Shatter and Fitzgerald both went on to become Ministers for Justice and yet never lifted a finger while in office. Francis Fitzgerald was also a former social worker and Minister for Children with direct responsibility for these matters, and yet did nothing in office despite constant demands to take urgent action.

It is also important to note that the adoption community has been calling for an audit of Saint Patrick’s Guild files, and other agencies, for over 20 years. Government after government have willfully ignored such calls while adoptees have died by the thousands.

Perhaps the most vital issue here is that illegally adopted people have spent generations going to their Doctors and hospitals and unknowingly giving false – and potentially lethal – family medical histories that do not in fact relate to them. Illegal adoptees carry on this practice for their children and even their grandchildren.

Theresa Hiney who founded the ‘Adopted Illegally Ireland’ group in 2008, has been a voice in the wilderness loudly demanding immediate action for more than 10 years and has been ignored by officialdom who are terrified of what audits of the adoption agencies will reveal.

Clare Daly T.D. has tackled successive Governments on these issues in the Dáil since 2012 and has been rebuffed and sneered at by a one Minister after another who have refused to take action. Daly has been proved the only TD who could see the injustice and campaigned with the adoption and survivor communities while everyone else ran and hid.

The survivor and adoptee communities demand IMMEDIATE ACTION to tackle this issue. Theresa Hiney, ‘Adopted Illegally Ireland’, and the ‘Coalition of Mother And Baby homes Survivors’ renew our years old joint call for a dedicated unit made up of civil servants, Gardai and social workers, to actively investigate this matter and inform illegal adoptees of their status.

CMABS notes the Gardai have been sent in. A through, well resourced, and full criminal investigation needs to follow as a matter of urgency.

ENDS

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The teenagers we shot yesterday

were shot responsibly through the eye

with plain-speaking dum-dum bullets,

manufactured in Fife, or taken down

with SR 25 sniper rifles flown

heroically in from Orange County.

Many of these so-called protestors

specifically arranged to be shot in the back,

just to make us look bad.

 

The gas canisters our people threw

were entirely rational, and legal,

like the Boer firestorm the kaffirs

brought down on themselves at Sharpeville,

or the best-of-British ambush

that rubbish walked into at Derry.

 

The one rogue canister which lost

its mind and finished up in a tent

beside an eight month old baby,

who, sadly, also expired, is currently under investigation

and expects to be cleared of all wrong doing,

unlike the baby who we’ve already found guilty.

 

There is no such thing as Palestinians.

Just some Arabs who used to live here

and think they still do.

The keys they wave in the air

no longer open any doors.

They are a rumour you foolishly believed,

now we’ve moved our eternal capital

to what used to be

their front room.

17-5-2018

KEVIN HIGGINS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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