Sean Defoe
Sean Defoe

06.32 11 May 2021


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Plans to give adopted people the right to access their birth certificates are expected to be approved by Cabinet today.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman is bringing proposed Birth Information and Tracing legislation before his Government colleagues.

It's expected new legislation will then be published this afternoon.

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The changes, if brought into law, would give adopted people the right to their original birth cert and early life documents.

The legislation will likely change the long-standing situation where the right to privacy of the birth mother took precedence over the rights of the adopted person.

It's part of a busy Cabinet agenda.

Senior ministers will be updated on proposals to curb the influence of property investment funds in Ireland at a meeting this morning.

Ministers Darragh O'Brien and Paschal Donohoe have been working on changes to planning and tax laws to stop investment funds from buying up new housing estates.

Full plans will come later this week, with the Dáil to debate the issue this evening.

Cabinet Ministers are also set to consider proposals to make it easier for victims of human trafficking to come forward to state authorities.

At the minute only gardaí can identify victims and refer them to support services.

A range of State bodies will be allowed to do that under the new plans - taking into account the reluctance some people may have to approach a police force after experiences in their own country.

Education Minister Norma Foley is also bringing forward plans to significantly expand the range of summer programmes for children with special educational needs or those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a doubling of the funding available to €40 million.

Main image: File photo of Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman (l) and Taoiseach Micheál Martin (r). Photograph: Julien Behal Photography / RollingNews.ie

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