Flanagan announces delay in adoption law reform

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan

The new Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has defended the government's delay in reforming the laws on adoption.

The Dail heard today that the failure to overhaul the current system means some parents have to adopt their own children.

Under the present system if a step-parent wants to adopt their partner's child a new birth certificate is needed, which could then mean one of the biological parents is removed.

Flanagan told the Dáil that the process will be overhauled, however it cannot happen overnight.

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