Irish High Court rules women at centre of adoption mix up can sue the adoption society

In October, 2019 the Irish High Court granted permission to Helen Maguire and Christine Skipsey to issue the proceedings against St Patrick’s Guild.

The two women intend to sue the Catholic adoption society over the mixing up of babies in the 1960s.

The approval of the court was required under the Companies Act as the company behind the adoption society, St Patrick’s Guild (Incorporated), is in voluntary liquidation.

The case is one of several due to be issued against the adoption society which operated at Temple Hill in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

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Adoption inquiry

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has launched what they expect to be a year-long inquiry to consider the role of social work in adoption processes in the UK.

It comes in the aftermath of the landmark case of Soares de Melo v Portugal (2016) in which the ECHR asserted that the state has ‘positive obligations’ to keep families together. Judge Sajo in the leading opinion stated that

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