Irish doctor organized illegal adoptions leaving no paper trail for people to find their families
Dr. Irene Creedon hailed as a heroine by some despite leaving others frustrated
The illegal adoptions organized by the late Dr. Irene Creedon of Monaghan has left some frustrated and angered with the lack of transparency in their origins, while others regard her as a heroine for helping troubled mothers and children.
The Daily Mail reports on the illegal operations that were discovered by Margaret Norton, who was illegally adopted when she was only three days old. While Norton had a good upbringing, she is angered that she will never know who her birth parents are.
“I was very well brought up. My mother was very affectionate and we got on very well. I was always comfortable at home and even as a teenager I didn’t have an interest in looking for my birth family,” said Norton of her adoptive family.
“It was only when I first fell pregnant 14 years ago that I began to wonder. People used to say, “Your son is the image of you,” so I used to think, “But who do I look like?”’
Norton, who was told from a young age that she was adopted, first became privy to the strange nature of her adoption in her twenties when she was preparing to move abroad. When looking at her birth certificate, she noticed that her adoptive parents were registered as her natural parents, which she knew not to be true.
Norton recalls, “I remember thinking, ‘This is not an adoptive cert, this is a birth cert. Surely you had to produce something from the doctor or hospital to say you had this child?’”
The birth certificate read that Norton was born to her adoptive parents at Dr. Creedon’s office in Carrickmacross in Monaghan, which Norton knew wasn’t true.
“I got a copy of the register and my dad had signed it but not my mother, so I asked him about it.”
Norton went to her father with questions, but could never get any straight answers.
“I did ask him why he registered me as his child and he said he couldn’t remember – but it is definitely his signature. There was no paperwork anywhere that I could find. Dad thought he had a file but I never found it.”
“He wouldn’t tell me, I think he had some of the information, but Mammy didn’t. His signature appears on the register, but Mammy’s doesn’t.”
Norton’s adoptive parents both died within the past year, further fueling her search for her own birth parents.
“I never would have known I was adopted if my adoptive parents hadn’t told me,” Norton said.
“The things Mam did tell me were that I was three days old when she got me and I came with clothes. That’s all I know.”
“The story I know is that my adoptive mother and father picked me up three days after I was born from a hotel car park on the outskirts of Dundalk or Drogheda – we don’t know which one. That’s all I know. I’ve written and called to people I thought might be able to point me in the right direction, but there is no paperwork anywhere that we know of or can access.
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