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More of us say 'I do' - but not in church

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

New figures reveal that 22,033 couples tied the knot last year - an increase of 6.6pc from a year earlier
New figures reveal that 22,033 couples tied the knot last year - an increase of 6.6pc from a year earlier

The number of couples saying "I do" is on the rise - but not in churches.

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New figures reveal that 22,033 couples tied the knot last year - an increase of 6.6pc from a year earlier.

However, the annual report of the Registrar General, Kieran Feely, has found that civil marriages are growing in popularity. While traditional church ceremonies still account for the majority of weddings in Ireland at 68pc, this is down from 71pc in 2009.

However, Mr Feely also warned about anecdotal evidence of 'marriages of convenience'.

Figures show a rise in non-Irish EU nationals marrying non-EU nationals, at over 2,200 last year.

The report says that, while it would be wrong to characterise all marriages between EU and non-EU nationals as marriages of convenience, there are suggestions that it is a "significant problem."

Irish Independent

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