Ireland's Divorce Rate Rises 150% In 10 Years

The latest census figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed that the divorce rate in Ireland has gone up 150% since 2002.

It also shows a slower growth in the number of marriages, increasing by nearly 10 per cent in just five years, between 2006 and 2011.

The increase is attributed to both a higher incidence of marital breakdown and the greater number of couples availing of divorce following a mandatory period of separation.

The CSO statistics, which focus on living arrangements in the Republic, show the number of married people last year was 1,708,604, compared with 1,565,016 five years earlier.

Between 1996 and the middle of last year, the proportion of the population who were divorced grew from 0.4 per cent or just 9,787 people to 2.4 per cent, or 87,770 – an increase of almost 800 per cent.

In 2002, the first census conducted since the legalisation of divorce in Ireland in 1995 showed there were 35,059 recorded divorces.

A growth in remarriage mirrors the rise in divorce and there was an increase of nearly 550 per cent in those who had remarried following divorce or annulment over the same period, from 6,641 people in 1996 to 42,960 in 2011.


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