Friday 9 December 2016

Revealed: The counties with the highest divorce rate

Published 20/04/2016 | 11:52

New figures compiled by the RTE’s Primetime Investigations Unit found that the rate of divorce has dropped substantially in recent years
New figures compiled by the RTE’s Primetime Investigations Unit found that the rate of divorce has dropped substantially in recent years

More than 100,000 people have legally called time on their marriages since 1996, but Dublin, Carlow and Waterford are the counties with the highest rate of divorce.

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The number of people filing for divorce are highest in densely populated areas of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick, but when overall population is taken into consideration Dublin, Waterford and Carlow have the highest rates of divorce in the country.

Couples in Kildare are the least likely to divorce, while applications in Leitrim and Longford are also low.

New figures compiled by the RTÉ Investigations Unit also found that the rate of divorce has dropped substantially in recent years, compared to the years following its introduction after the 1995 referendum.

The research, carried out by journalist Ken Foxe, found Irish women are more likely to file for divorce than men and 55pc of divorce proceeding in Ireland were initiated by women.

While more than 100,000 people have ended their marriages since 1996, the number of divorces being granted peaked in 2007, with 3,684 divorces granted. In 2014, 2,724 divorces were granted.

Meanwhile, 38 applications to end civil partnerships were made and 30 of those were filed by lesbian couples.

The rate of divorce has dropped in recent years, but it is unclear whether the economic downturn could be responsible for the dip.

Ireland still experiences a very low divorce rate compared to other nations throughout the world. In the US, couples are four times more likely to divorce, while in the UK, the rate of divorce is three times higher than in Ireland.

For more information on the report visit: www.rte.ie/iu/divorce/

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