🚨Re the contention that a referendum on adopted people's right to their information 🚨

Firstly legal scholars e.g., @ConorUCCLaw have repeatedly argued that a referendum isn't necessary in order to legislate for access to birth certificates: constitutionproject.ie/?p=331 #rtept 1/
Secondly, birth certificates have been public records since 1864. There is no legitimate reason to hold a referendum to allow access to a publicly available document. I mean, come on?

You do know that our birth certs don't even have our mothers' addresses right? 2/
A referendum to ask permission from the entire country for adopted people to access their birth certificates (public documents) is deeply discriminatory. 3/
NB, the social construction of adoption in Ireland represents a major barrier to the prospect of a successful adoption referendum outcome here. Referendum campaigns require significant resources and can prove difficult to run, even for organisations with paid staff. 4/
Thousands of canvassers are required but many adopted people feel pressured to conform to certain expected norms (e.g. dutifully reporting a happy adoption experience) & this doesn't always lend itself to political activism. 5/
Moreover, the dynamics of closed, secret adoption render many adopted people unable to recognise that they too have been subjected to an injustice. This would pose a significant challenge in the event of a referendum campaign. 6/
A referendum on information rights also has the potential to have a negative impact on adopted people, natural mothers and others affected by adoption, to the extent that it would further compound the human rights violations already suffered. 7/
In their study of the impact of #marref, Dane, Short and Healy (vuir.vu.edu.au/31766/) found that there were significant negative psychological & social impacts from the ‘NO’ campaign and the referendum. 8/
Dane, Short & Healy concluded that the ‘negative impacts exist and remain, despite the positive outcome for marriage equality in Ireland’. 9/
Many members of the ‘NO’ side of #marref are also opposed to opening adoption records (e.g., independent.ie/opinion/commen… ). It's reasonable to conclude that adopted people could expect to have a similar experience in a (wholly unnecessary) referendum on their rights. 10/
In conclusion, a referendum is not needed, it will make matters worse & if the Government attempts to bring forward a referendum on adopted people's right to access their birth certificates, we will robustly oppose it in the strongest possible terms. 11/11

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12 Jan
1/ A comprehensive analysis of the Commission Report will not happen this week.

It will take a considerable amount of time for us to attempt to access the Commission's sources (where possible that is) & carefully examine their conclusions.
2/ At first glance however, I'm afraid the signs are not good. E.g.:

The contention that adoption in Ireland was not forced.

The idea that women were somehow mistaken that they didn't fully consent at the time of the adoption.
3/ The recommendation on access to birth certificates is simply appalling. A similar model was robustly rejected by adopted people in 2019. (For more on adoption information access see: adoption.ie/wp-content/upl…) Image
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A thread with information and resources for anyone who is new to #UnsealTheArchive (also tagging in #Stand4Truth for people following that)

I thought it might be helpful to put together a thread with some basic information to give an idea of who we all are & what we do. 1/
To the survivors, adopted people, natural mothers, natural family members becoming politicised for the first time - welcome! Peer support is available here: facebook.com/groups/adoptio…

To the allies, welcome also and thank you for your support! 2/
We in @adoptionrights @maglaundries have been doing this work over the past 2 decades & at times it has been a lonely road for everyone concerned, so it is simply wonderful to see so many of you putting your shoulder to the wheel with us! 3/
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Our work is always informed by the views/experiences of survivors, family members & adopted people. We’re the experts because they have trusted us & guided us for decades. 10/
Moreover, the work of the @clann_project is carried out under strict ethical protocols which stipulate confidentiality & informed consent: clannproject.org/wp-content/upl… 11/
@clann_project Most importantly, @barrymward, by insinuating a misinformation campaign you also insult the intelligence of every survivor, adopted person, natural mother or family member who has emailed you about this Bill. 12/
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FYI @barrymward, we’re not ‘other parties’. I’m adopted, a stakeholder in this & I set up the tech side of the email campaign. I informed you of this yesterday but I am still awaiting a response: 7/
@barrymward The language & legal analysis in the email campaign was a collaborative effort between @adoptionrights & @maglaundries, ie @maeveorourke @Ka_ODonnell @susanlohan & myself as the @clann_project 8/
@barrymward @adoptionrights @maglaundries @maeveorourke @Ka_ODonnell @susanlohan @clann_project I can assure you @barrymward we do not ‘wilfully mislead’ the people we advocate for. We work on a collaborative, survivor-centred basis; our views are based on research & legal analysis formed publicly & tested by our peers (including survivors) over many years. 9/
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A thread in response to serious allegations made by @barrymward under privilege in the Seanad yesterday: #Stand4Truth #UnsealTheArchive 1/
@barrymward The allegations made by @barrymward are typical of the type of bullying women experience on a daily basis, so my colleagues & I decided that we can’t allow this to go unchecked. 2/
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Behold, a DCYA official feeling sorry for Br**a O'Br**n because of something I said.

If you've figured out (or suspect) who the official is, PLEASE don't mention the person, because an extremely important point needs to be addressed here. 1/
This runs to the heart of what's wrong with how the Irish State responds to both historic & ongoing human rights abuses. 2/
By way of background: This CB Live programme aired in 2015. I was in the audience, Br**a was on the panel. I called her out for pitting one marginalised group (LGBTQ) against another (adopted people), because the usual 'what about the children' argument was being trotted out. 3/
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