Ho comprato il giornale 'The Irish World' del 13 ottobre 2012 e ho trovato, nelle pagine 4 e 5, l'interessante articolo che riporto.
Let us know truth about our mothers
The Irish World's Sean Moriarty spoke to two UK-based Irishwomen seeking the truth about their mothers despite opposition from the State.
Thousands of illegally adopted Irish children may be living in Britain unaware of who they really are, campaigners said in Dublin at the weekend.
UK-based Theresa Tingall is leading a campaign to make Ireland's Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald open up official records to help her find her birth mother.
Ms Tingall travelled from her home in Bournemouth to Dublin last week to lobby the Irish government ahead of the long-awaited Children's Referendum.
She and her colleague Maria Dumbell demonstrated outside Dublin's Central Bank on Saturday in protest at what whey see as an official cover-up that at one stage threatened to leave them without any official papers such as a passport.
The 58-year-old was adopted when she was just two days old and only found out ten years ago when she asked her uncle why her mother had treated her so badly when she was growing up in Dublin.
So far her investigation have proven fruitless although she has found relatives of the nurse that completed the adoption process and a false birth certificate which named her adoptive mother as her birth parent.
"This is a major scandal waiting to happen and the Irish government is trying to keep a lid on it,' she told The Irish World. "[Officials] say there is around 2,000 cases but I would say there is a lot more. A lot of them would have gone to England, I was only 19 when I came but a lot of the mothers would have left the country too to avoid the trauma."
Illegal adoption was a common practice in the 1950s and '60s. Unmarried women would be forced to give up their babies to avoid the wrath of the Church or disapproving family members.
Paper trails were carefully hidden by the families, health boards and church officilas.
The forthcoming Children's Referendum will, if passed, change the law on the availability of such paperwork and this is what Tingall and Dumbell are fighting to change.
"My family admitted they had done the adoption through illegal channels. I don't blame them for anything as that is the way it was in the 50s but now we need to change things so we can get some information," said Dublin-born Tinggal. "They need to be looking at the past also, the Tracing Bill will just cover from now. What about historic files? We want to be included and that is why Marie and me came over to lobby for that."
They brought with them a petition that included 2,000 signatures.
"I have not found my natural mother and I don't think I will. I have a file from the HSE which shows what happened from when I was two," she added. "A lot of people in Ireland do not know that this happened. A lot of people in Ireland do not know that this happened. We hope that more people will start lobbying - even some legally adopted children do not have access to their own information. Ireland is an archaic country - it is 37 years behind Britain and 25 behind Northern Ireland."
Ms Dumbell was 20 when she applied for a passport and found out then that her birth certificate did not exist. Only after threatening to take Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights did she get a passport.
Ms Tingall believes there are many more people like herself and Maria Dumbell living in the UK and wants to meet them. She has set up a website, www.adoptedillegally-ireland.com and can also be contacted at (+44) 07884 057826.
Independent TD Clare Daly is supporting the two women's campaign: "It is known that these records exist and all the powers of the State should be used immediately to safeguard them to ensure that the children taken from their mothers can find their birth mothers' details and to provide evidence of a crime committed against these helpless children. It is not good enough to talk about guaranteeing children's rights in a new rferendum if we continue to ignore children failed in the past. The right to identity is the most basic human right. The Minister's delay in bringing forward tracing legislation and her indications that this will be limited are unacceptable. Children of the past have rights too. I would appeal to the Minister to meet these women."
The Children's Refrendum is scheduled for November 10.