10 June 2011

Frances Fitzgerald addresses Russian Irish Adoption Group in Lucan

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald marked Russian Children’s Day (Sunday May 29th) in Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan at an event organized by the Russian Irish Adoption Group.

Minister Fitzgerald began by paying tribute to the Russian Ambassador Mr Mikahil Timoshin who passed away suddenly and was involved in planning the event held in Finnstown House Hotel.

Russia has not ratified the Hague Convention and in order for adoptions from Russia to continue a bilateral agreement is required.

Speaking at the event Minister Fitzgerald said, “The negotiation of a bilateral agreement is primarily the responsibility of the Adoption Authority. Officials from my Department have had preliminary exploratory discussions with their Russian counterparts on some legal issues in relation to bilateral agreement.”

“As with any bilateral agreement on intercountry adoption, a bilateral agreement with Russia would need to be explicit on the issues of consent and the financial costs of effecting an adoption,” explained the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

The Minister thanked the Russian Irish Adoption Group for their invitation to join them to celebrate Russian Children’s Day and is said to have thoroughly enjoyed the event which showcased Russian culture through song, dance and culinary delights.