Ireland’s Birth Information and Tracing Act: Reconciling the Right to Identity

Author: Jamie Aspell
Published: 23.09.2022
Introduction On the 30th of June 2022 Ireland enacted the Birth Information and Tracing Act – legislation which for the first time in Irish history enshrines a ‘clear right to full birth, early life, care and medical information for all those with questions on their origins’. When the law comes into force on October 3rd, it will enable adopted persons to access information about the identity of their biological parents once they reach the age of 16. This post will locate the legislation within its Irish and international context (specifically the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [CRC]…