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shameful past RTE Investigates documentary to highlight Ireland's dark history of illegal adoptions

Basically, I was taken from my birth mother and handed over and not recorded.”

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Photo collage of babies

Photo collage of babies

Photo collage of babies

Ireland’s sad and shocking history of illegal adoptions is the subject of hard-hitting documentary due to air this week.

The compelling film will tell the story of some of the thousands of children who were illegally adopted in the Republic after 1940.

The newest trailer shows snippets of interviewees disclosing their troubling pasts.

One woman said: “Basically, I was taken from my birth mother and handed over and not recorded.”

“I was robbed of the chance to meet the woman who gave birth to me,” said another.

The harrowing voice-overs continue: “I am not who I am supposed to be.”

“You’re not allowed to know who you are and your story. It's cruel. It’s too cruel.”

The short trailer ends with simple text appearing across the screen.

“Their identities were erased. Their painful struggle for answers goes on,” it read.

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A woman pushes an old-fashioned pram

A woman pushes an old-fashioned pram

A woman pushes an old-fashioned pram

Many of the participants were unaware that they were adoptees until later in life and continue to search for information about their true identities.

The documentary will address organisations that were responsible such as nursing homes, general practitioners, and St Patrick’s Guild, where over 125 births were incorrectly registered.

RTÉ Investigates: Ireland's Illegal Adoptions will be broadcast on RTÉ One and the RTÉ Player at 9.35pm on Wednesday 3rd March.

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