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Report: Marital breakdown soars in Ireland

September 14, 2007

From Catholic World News:

Marital breakdown has soared by 500% in Ireland over the past 20 years, the Iona Institute reports.

Based on analysis of 2006 census reports, the Dublin-based institute finds that while marital problems have risen sharply, the rate of cohabitation by unmarried couples has risen four-fold in the past 10 years, and the number of single-parent households has increased by 80% since 1986.

The full report by the Iona Institute found the most severe rates of marital breakdown in the cities of Limerick and Dublin, with rural areas less hard-hit.

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