Real-life Philomena urges change to adoptive-records law

The government has been urged to change the laws which prevent adopted people from accessing their birth records.

It comes from the Philomena Project, who have the backing of Philomena Lee, the woman whose 50-year search for her son is now a book and an Oscar nominated film.

The group claimed over 60,000 records are being held by the HSE, Catholic Church and private agencies that could find the identities of these people.

Ms Lee added the book and film has brought the subject into the open and thanked those people in a similar position who have approached her.

“It’s been such a wonderful result because so many people have come forward, in America and all over the place.”

“The film of course has made it more popular. I was delighted to be able to do it,” said Philomena.

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