Ireland’s lost boys and girls

Ireland’s lost boys and girls
Dolores Quinlan’s birth cert names her adoptive parents as her birth parents, which shows it was falsified Pic: Bryan Meade

The epidemic of illegal adoptions in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, where birth certs were falsified, is a shattering story that is slowly coming to light. Here, two women put up for adoption at birth tell their stories

If it wasn’t for a random act of decency, Joanne might never have found out who she is. After a private nursing home on the North Circular Road in Dublin was closed down in the 1990s, a passer-by found a green ledger paper in a skip and picked it up. On further inspection, the person discovered it was a file on babies and details of their adoptions.

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