Saturday 17 March 2018

Are people waiting for an economic recovery before they file for divorce?

Irish Independent columnist Mary Kenny.Picture: Eamonn Keogh
Irish Independent columnist Mary Kenny.Picture: Eamonn Keogh

It was reported recently in Helen Cahill's 'Measuring Ireland's Progress' that Ireland has the second-lowest divorce rate in the European Union (Latvia and Lithuania have the most divorces, Malta the least). Some musings on the causes of our low statistics in the divorce stakes ...

1 Divorce became available from 1995. Perhaps we aren't yet into the swing of the dissolution of marriage (sometimes known as trading in an old model).

2 There is probably a hangover from church disapproval of divorce, although the Anglican Church has been historically more hostile than the RC. In 1923, Archbishop Gregg, Protestant Archbishop of Dublin, gave his full approval to the Free State's prohibition on divorce, and so did the majority of readers of the 'Church of Ireland Gazette'.

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