Civil Engagement Group Senators Speaking About Traveller Pride Week

Senators Eileen Flynn, Alice Mary Higgins, Lynn Ruane and Frances Black spoke about celebrating the contributions of Travellers to Irish public life and wished everyone a happy Traveller Pride Week. The Senators also discussed the important work ahead to fight for real equality for Travellers in Irish society.

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Seanad amendment opens up long-overdue pathway to open adoption in Ireland

Many countries across the world have long seen open or semi-open adoption as an important option within any modern adoption system. However, Ireland has, to date, only ever allowed for closed adoption in which there are no formal or recognised ongoing connections between a new adoptive family, a birth parent and a child who is adopted.
Barnardos, the Care Leavers Network and many other advocacy groups and experts have long called for change in this area and it seems now that change may finally become possible.