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Bishops given assurances on family status: Irish Catholic

The Government has given an assurance to the bishops that there will be no watering down of the Constitutional rights of the family under a proposed amendment on children’s rights, according to a report in today's Irish Catholic.

16/01/07
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Launch of Iona, "timely", says Primate.

Archbishop Sean Brady, Primate of All-Ireland, has welcomed the establishment of the Iona Institute as a “timely initiative”, according to a report in the Irish Catholic newspaper..

17/01/07
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Majority of American women now without a spouse, census finds.

For what is believed to be the first time, more American women are living without a husband than with one.

16/01/07
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Government plans to "bundle" changes to Constitution: report

The Government's planned referendum on children's rights, which could change as many as three separate articles of the Constitution, may only present voters with one question.

16/01/07
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Children's study will deal with family structure

A new longitudinal study of the lives of children in Ireland will include questions about family structure allowing Irish researchers to investigate for the first time and in a meaningful way the effects of family structure on children.

12/01/07
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Civil partnership may not lead to fewer marriages - report

Laws which give cohabiting couples marriage-like rights may not lead to fewer marriages, according to new research.

09/01/07
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Lawyer apologises for "Unhappy Christmas" ad.

A lawyer from the firm responsible for the "Unhappy Christmas" ad has apologised. Angela Farrell, a managing partner of Farrell Family Law Solicitors, who were behind the ad, said that regretted any offence caused.

09/01/07
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Divorce laws need "fundamental review" says FG Senator

Ireland's divorce laws are in need of "a fundamental examination", according to Fine Gael Senator Fergal Browne. Senator Browne expressed concern that Irish divorces are awarded on a "no fault" basis.

08/01/07
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Happiness linked to marriage and religion, study finds

Marriage and prayer are among some of the key factors in people's happiness, a new study commissioned by the UK Government has found. The research, carried out by an economics professor at London's Imperial College, found that people in stable relationships and people who prayed were more content than their fellow citizens.

08/01/07
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Church leaders express fears over NI sexual orientation legislation

Senior representatives of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Church of Ireland and Methodist churches in Northern Ireland have expressed fears over new legislation which makes any form of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Download legislation here After a meeting with the Northern Ireland Minister of State, Mr David Hanson, the church leaders issued a press statement laying out the reasons for their fears.

22/12/06
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European court: spinster sisters "not comparable" with gay and lesbian couples for tax purposes.

Two elderly spinster sisters yesterday lost a legal battle to be given the same rights as gay and lesbian couples - meaning one will be forced to sell their home of 40 years when the other dies.

20/12/06
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Marriage crisis linked to social breakdown

Family breakdown is the key cause of the collapse of social cohesion in the UK. That's according to a major new study published by the Conservative Party. The study, commissioned by former leader Iain Duncan Smith, paints a disturbing picture of the decline of the institution of marriage in Britain. And it details the painful social consequences which have resulted from the phenomenon of family breakdown.

19/12/06
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Evidence for gay parenting "should be treated with caution".

A High Court judge has warned that the research showing that children of same sex parents have substantially similar outcomes to those of heterosexual parents is not sufficiently advanced to draw and safe conclusions.

19/12/06
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