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Review of adoption records in Republic to be completed by October

Katherine Zappone, minister for children and youth affairs

A REVIEW of adoption records in the Republic to uncover incorrect birth registrations will be completed by October, the Irish government has said.

It will involve the targeted sampling of around 150,000 records and will be overseen by Marion Reynolds – a former deputy director of social services in Northern Ireland.

The probe was commissioned following the discovery of at least 126 birth incorrectly registered between 1946 and 1969 in the records of St Patrick's Guild, a former Catholic adoption agency.

It came to light after the index cards on 126 files – taken from 13,500 records from St Patrick's Guild – were found to contain the words "adopted from birth".

The details were disclosed by the government earlier this week and each individual – who may not know their parents were not their birth parents – is being contacted by child and family agency Tusla.

The review will be delivered to minister for children Katherine Zappone and will make recommendations on what further analyses or investigations are considered necessary.

A spokesman for the minister told RTÉ that agreement on the methodology for the review is expected in two weeks' time.

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