Adopted children fight Irish state secrecy to find parents | Upsetment |
By Carmel Crimmins and Padraic Halpin OMAGH, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - Catherine Droogan turns 40 this year. Adopted at four weeks from a convent in eastern Ireland, Droogan doesn't know who her parents were or where she was born. Lying on her kitchen table in the Northern Ireland town of Omagh is a one-page document that the state has given her about her parents, containing what's known as "non-identifying information". It took her a year to get from Ireland's health service and tells her that her father was a blue-eyed factory worker in his early 20s, and her mother was a catering assistant who liked to read and dance.