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Thursday 17 April 2014

Remarriage and divorce figures on the up, new CSO figures show

DIVORCE and remarriage are on the up while the single life has become less popular, new Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show.

New Census 2011 figures published today show there has being a nine-fold increase in divorce since 1996.

Almost 88,000 people living in Ireland are divorced, while 116,000 are separated.

However, another 42,960 people have remarried following divorce.

And the share of the adult population who are single has fallen from 43.1pc in 2006 to 41.7pc.

Married people outnumber singletons by 203,000 - there are now 1.5m single people and 1.7m married ones, as well as another 191,000 widowed people.

For women 32 is the age at which they're more likely to be married than single, but for men it's 34 as they're waiting longer to wed.

Single men also outnumber single women at every age up until 80, the figures from the CSO show.

There's also far more single people in cities than in rural areas, with over 60pc of Dublin and Galway residents single compared to just half the inhabitants of Roscommon, Leitrim and Mayo.

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