Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy has against questioned the Taoiseach about the legal quagmire a number of families now find themselves in regarding adoptions of children from Russia.

Deputy Troy said: “I am concerned by the Taoiseach’s comments in the Dáil this evening that the Government is continuing to examine a “possible legal solution” to try to resolve the legal logjam these families are in.  The Taoiseach did not sound overly hopeful of bringing about a resolution for the families involved.

“These families had arranged to adopt a Russian child but the Russian government subsequently changed the rules to extend the length of time an adoptive child is to be registered on its national adoption database from 6 to 12 months.  They are now anxiously waiting to see if they will be able to proceed with their adoptions.   

“I am concerned that the Government’s position on this issue has softened in recent weeks and the prospect of getting a resolution from the families is further away.  The Taoiseach’s response to me in the Dáil this evening did not sound hopeful of a positive resolution and I believe Minister Fitzgerald and the Taoiseach need to give this issue more attention.”