Survivors of mother and baby homes whose children were forcibly put up for adoption have called for the establishment of an all Ireland body to help reunite families.
A campaign group of mothers and adults born in the homes is seeking support from the authorities across the north and south of Ireland to help them find redress.
The group – Birth Mothers And Their Children for Justice NI – warned that mothers and their children are continuing to die before getting the chance to meet up with each other.
Eunan Duffy, who was born in the Marian Vale mother and baby home in Newry before being taken from his mother against her will and put up for adoption, said the system for family tracing needs to be overhauled.
“Only one part-time person currently exists that traces family for two charities and the health and social care trusts (in Northern Ireland),” he said.
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