Irish PM apologises to 126 people illegally adopted decades ago

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tells victims disclosures were part of Ireland’s ‘dark history’

The Irish prime minister has apologised in parliament to 126 people who were illegally adopted between 1946 and 1969, saying the disclosures were “another chapter from the very dark history of our country”.

As campaigners said the number quoted was likely to be the tip of the iceberg, Leo Varadkar said: “What was done was wrong. What was done robbed children, our fellow citizens, of their identity. It was an historic wrong that we must face up to – and again, on behalf of the government, I’m very sorry for it.”

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