Saturday 10 December 2016

David Quinn: Want to protect children? Then promote marriage

Published 26/02/2010 | 05:00

Ashley and Cheryl Cole announced they were splitting this week, four years after they were married
Ashley and Cheryl Cole announced they were splitting this week, four years after they were married

THE only surprise about the fact that Cheryl and Ashley Cole are finally going their separate ways is that it was so long in coming. Because, after all, that's what the Brits do, isn't it? They get divorced all the time, especially if they're rich and famous and the husband is as big a prat as Ashley Cole.

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But we're not a bit like that in this country, are we? We don't get divorced half as much as they do. And it's true, we don't. In fact, we divorce and separate only about a third as often as the Brits.

But before we pat ourselves on the back and decide that marriage in Ireland is in rude health, we should realise that the break-up rate is not the only measure of the health of marriage in any given country.

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