CIGO Launches its On-Line Petition
CIGO has launched an on-line petition to gather signatures together
to convince the Minister for Health & Children that services at the
General Register Office in Dublin need to be improved and that copies
of some of the GRO's records should be made available through the National
Library of Ireland. Details about the petition can be seen here
and other commentary on the GRO and the petition can be seen here.
GRO (Dublin) Announces 'On-Line' Modernisation
Birth, death and marriage certificates are to be scanned on to a computerised
database in a £7m modernisation scheme for the Irish civil registration
service. However, CIGO does not agree with the GRO when it states that
in future "there will be no need for paper copies of the records
of birth, marriage and death certificates" (sic). It will of
course only be government and other state agencies that will have direct
access to the new computer database. The need for paper records (whether
certificates or otherwise) will always be required by genealogists and
family historians and CIGO has been in contact with senior officials at
the GRO to make sure that this need is recognised and accepted. The announcement
of the GRO's plans was covered in The
CIGO Public Meeting about the GRO (Dublin)
On Saturday, 7th August CIGO held a Public Meeting at the Freemasons'
Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin, to gauge public feeling at the ever declining
level of public service at the GRO. The meeting was so well attended that
there was hardly even standing room at the back of the hall. Public anger
at the GRO - and what it sees as the GRO's disregard for the provision
of a quality public service - was evident and at times feelings boiled
over into scenes of frustration and outright anger. The result of the
meeting was the compilation by CIGO of a six page report
of recommendations which was presented to Brian Cowen TD, Minister for
Health & Children, and separately to all of his ministerial colleagues.
The Irish Independent subsequently carried a short article
about the issue.