Wednesday 26 June 2019

WATCH: Josepha Madigan welcomes divorce referendum results

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The referendum on divorce was put to voters along with the local and European elections on Friday. An exit poll for RTE and TG4 had predicted that 87pc have voted in favour of the referendum with 12pc voting against, and 1pc refusing to answer or saying they don't know. The margin of error is 3pc. The referendum proposed reducing the length of time before a couple can divorce from four years to two and also recognises foreign divorces. The divorce regime had not changed in more than 20 years when the ban was first lifted. The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, said: "I think it's a really strong endorsement from the Irish people for the referendum and it demonstrates their kindness and their understanding of the situation people find themselves in when they are separating or divorcing. I think there's a deep well of kindness in the Irish people. "It wasn't about rocking the system. It was about humanising it. I think the people have shown they have a solidarity with people going through marital breakdown, through separation and divorce." Ms Madigan proposed cutting waiting times for divorce, steering a private members bill through the Dail soon after she got elected which culminated in Friday's referendum. She said the referendum was proof that one person can make a difference.

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