Eire votes by giant margin to liberalize divorce legal guidelines

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Kildare has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Divorce Referendum.

The most recent referendum, which removes the constitutional requirement for a four year period where in the couple must live apart, has passed with no fewer than 82.1% of the votes falling on the Yes side.

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said that voters had shown compassion by "humanizing the system", according to Irish local news outlet RTE News.

"Ireland has really grown into a more tolerant and progressive society over the last 24 years", Irish Senator Catherine Noone said on social media following the Friday's referendum result.

Just 17pc of the 1.7 million people who voted opted to oppose reform. This is to be reduced to a total of two years during the previous three years.

While Ireland's main political parties are in favor of easing regulations that would make filing for a divorce easier, Catholic pressure groups have maintained their opposition, stating that separation causes disruption to children's lives and that the government should instead invest resources into "what makes marriages work". Couples can now secure a judicial separation in a shorter time frame, but they must then proceed to a second legal stage to obtain a court-approved divorce.


Divorce law has been legalized in I995 in Ireland by a small majority of people, around 50.3 percent.

In 2015 the country voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and past year voters opted by a two-to-one margin to end a constitutional ban on abortion.

Ms Madigan first raised the issue as a backbench TD in 2016 through a Private Member's Bill in the Dáil.

"I think there's a deep well of kindness in the Irish people".

'I think it's an emphatic, unequivocal result, and, even though we have a very low marital breakdown in Ireland, it just demonstrates the amount of people who stand in solidarity with them, ' she said.

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