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Repeal the seal Over 40K sign petition calling for seal on Mother and Baby home records to be lifted

The Bill allows the transfer of a database of 60,000 records compiled by the commission to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to be sealed for 30 years.

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The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway (Niall Carson/PA)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway (Niall Carson/PA)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway (Niall Carson/PA)

More than 43,500 people have signed a petition calling for a seal to be lifted on the archive containing information on thousands of survivors of mother and baby homes, baby homes and industrial schools.

It follows the passing of a controversial piece of legislation related to the records of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes that passed through the Oireachtas last week.

The Bill allows the transfer of a database of 60,000 records compiled by the commission to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to be sealed for 30 years.

Maree Ryan-O’Brien, the founder of Aitheantas - Adoptee Identity Rights - started the #RepealTheSeal petition on Friday.

“Access to information for survivors and adoptees has been denied for decades,” she said.

“At the heart of the decision to deny the right to access the most basic information about my life is a denial of our truth, it takes power away from survivors and perpetuates state abuse and narrow minded views of the past. We need to move past this and let survivors and adoptees heal.”

Siobhan O’Donoghue of Uplift added that people who have been affected by the legacy of secrecy surrounding adoption in Ireland have been sharing their stories, which will be published shortly.

“But in the context of this week's scandal I want to share with you the words of people's own experience,” she added.

“After all this is what's at the heart of the scandal that took place this week - women’s and children’s voices silenced.”

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