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Sunday 23 July 2017

'Give us prenup laws to protect property and assets' – poll

Citizens' Assembly calls for vote on abortion on demand

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Margaret Donnelly and Ciaran Moran

Farmers have overwhelmingly supported a call for prenuptial agreements with 72pc saying they should have a legal standing in Ireland.

Concern over the possible fallout on land ownership following marriage breakdown continues to worry those in the farming community. A plan to introduce prenups was quietly dropped by the Government last year, citing legal problems.

But respondents to the exclusive FarmIreland.ie survey showed overwhelming support of prenuptial agreements, with 72pc backing a legal standing.

The survey of 1,000 farmers provides a fascinating snapshot of rural life amid concerns about the next generation, Brexit and crime. It shows that farmers in the west and north west are more likely to not feel safe in their own home and a total of 72pc of farmers with guns would use them to defend themselves if needed.

Separately, campaigners are pushing for a referendum after the Citizens' Assembly voted for Irish women to be given the right to legal abortion with "no restrictions".

A majority of 64pc voted that there should be no restriction on women having a termination - opening the door to full abortion rights for the first time in history. Of the members who backed the proposal, 48pc said it should only be available up to 12 weeks' gestation. If the Oireachtas accepts the advice, a referendum would be needed.

Irish Independent

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