Farm Ireland

Tuesday 23 January 2018

8.3pc say 'no sex before marriage'

A minority of young farmers believe young people should wait until they are married to have sex, according to the survey. Some 8.3pc of those surveyed were in favour of waiting until their wedding night, while the vast majority (76.9pc) did not agree. The remaining15.9pc did not have a view.

When asked about the recently passed Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, young farmers felt it would have multiple effects, including raising more issues about the right to life of the unborn.

Some 42pc of 115 respondents felt it would make matters less complicated for women with foetal abnormalities, while 27pc thought it would save the lives of mothers with suicidal thoughts.


Illegal drug use among young farmers is almost identical to that of the wider population, according to the Macra survey.

Nine out of 120 (7.5pc) young farmers surveyed admitted to taking illegal drugs in the past 12 months.

A national survey of drug use in the Irish population, carried out by the Government in 2009 found that 7pc of people aged 15 to 64 used an illicit drug in the previous year.

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