Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the seal to be lifted on an archive containing records on mother and baby homes.

Over 80,000 people have signed the petition, which was set up yesterday by adoptee rights group Aitheantas.

Archives and survivor testimony, gathered by the commission investigating the homes, will be sealed for 30 years under legislation from 2004.

A new bill, which passed through the Seanad last night, allows the transfer of a database of records to Tusla.

Maree Ryan-O'Brien, founder of Aitheantas told Midwest News that access to information for survivors and adoptees has been denied for decades.

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