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One in ten marriages involve a divorced person: CSO

Ten per cent of all marriages in Ireland now involve at least one person who has been divorced, according to figures released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). In addition, a majority of middle-aged people who marry, are marrying for a second time.

30/06/09
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Children from broken homes used by gangs: report

Young children, often from broken homes, are being recruited by Limerick's criminal gangs, according to a major new study.

30/06/09
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Civil Partnership Bill “deeply flawed and undermines marriage”

The Government's Civil Partnerships Bill, published today, reveals “a deeply flawed and poorly thought-out approach to family policy which undermines the special status of marriage,” according to The Iona Institute.

26/06/09
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Civil Partnership Bill “deeply flawed and undermines marriage”

The Government's Civil Partnerships Bill, published today, reveals “a deeply flawed and poorly thought-out approach to family policy which undermines the special status of marriage,” according to The Iona Institute.

26/06/09
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Teachers code may impose “commitment to secularism”: lawyer

A planned code of conduct for UK teachers risks imposing a “test of professional commitment to secularism”, a leading employment lawyer says.

26/06/09
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Recession hasn't stopped Christian generosity: poll

Christians are still giving generously to charity despite the economic downturn, a new poll shows.

25/06/09
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Church of England report blasts BBC for treating Christianity as “freak show”

The Church of England is set to attack the BBC in report which says that the corporation is treating Christianity like a ‘freak show’.

23/06/09
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Department officials to meet with Archbishop over school patronage

The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin is set to meet officials from the Department of Education soon to discuss his proposals to divest control of some Catholic schools, according to a report in the Irish Times.

23/06/09
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Government obtains agreement on Lisbon guarantees: report

EU leaders have agreed to provide the legal guarantees, including on abortion, the family and education, being sought by the Irish Government ahead of a planned re-run of the Lisbon Treaty referendum later this year.

19/06/09
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End family breakdown culture, says leading family judge

A culture of broken relationships is scarring children and damaging society, a leading family judge warned on Tuesday.

19/06/09
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Fine Gael “believes in parental choice”: Hayes

Parental choice “must be at the heart of education policy”, according to Fine Gael's education spokesperson Brian Hayes. Speaking to the Irish Catholic newspaper, Mr Hayes said that there should be no “one-size-fits-all approach to educational provision”.

18/06/09
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Half out of wedlock births to cohabiting couples

Half the children born outside wedlock in the third quarter of last year were to cohabiting couples, new figures show.

The data, published today by the Central Statistics Office, shows that, out of 6,226 births registered as outside of marriage in quarter three of 2008, 3,204 were to cohabiting couples.

Births outside wedlock represented 33 per cent of all births, while children born to cohabiting couples represented 17 per cent of all births.

Data shows that marriage, on average, provides children with far more stability than cohabitation. According to the British Millennium Cohort Study, only 10pc of married couples will have broken up by the time their child is five, compared with 25pc of cohabiting couples.

Only 35pc of British children born into a cohabiting union will live with both parents throughout their childhood, compared with 70pc born to married couples.

In addition, the average length in Britain of a marriage that ends in divorce is 11.5 years compared with just two years for a live-in relationship. Irish data also shows that only 25 per cent of cohabiting couples are still cohabiting after seven years. The result have either broken up or married.

There were 18,792 births registered in quarter 3 of 2008, an increase of just over one per cent in the number of births registered in the corresponding quarter of 2007. This is lower than the level of increase which had been recorded in recent quarters. In the second quarter of 2008 the annual increase recorded was 11 per cent.

Births in the third quarter of 2008 represented a relatively high annual birth rate of 17.0 per 1,000 population. Galway City and Cork City recorded the lowest birth rate of 13.1 per 1,000 population , while the highest birth rate was recorded in County Meath at 22.2 per 1,000 population.

Of the 18,792 births, 42 per cent were to first time mothers, and just under one third to second time mothers. The average age of mothers was 31.1 years, ranging from 29.0 years in Limerick City to 33.1 years in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. The average age of mothers having their first child was 28.8 years.

The natural increase in the population (births minus deaths) for quarter 3 2008 was 11,963, representing a rate of 10.8 per 1,000 population. This rate was lowest in County Mayo (4.1 per 1,000 population) and highest in Fingal (18.5 per 1,000 population).

There were 8,765 marriages registered in Quarter 3 2008, traditionally the most popular quarter in which to get married. This represents an annual rate of 7.9 per 1,000 population.

17/06/09

Rights of parents to faith schools cannot be “brushed aside”: Archbishop

The right of parents to send their children to faith schools is recognised in the Constitution and cannot be brushed aside, the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, has said.

17/06/09
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Government publishes Lisbon socio-ethical guarantees

Guarantees protecting the Irish Constitution as regards family, abortion and education from aspects of the Lisbon Treaty, plus the accompanying Charter of Fundamental Rights, have been published by the Government ahead of a second referendum in the autumn.

16/06/09
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Secularists seek to reduce school choice says TES editor

If secularist opponents of faith schools think religion is “a busted flush” they should stop being afraid of its influence, writes the editor of the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

16/06/09
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Overwhelming majority continue to believe in God: survey

Ninety five per cent of Irish people still believe in God, according to a study launched in Maynooth this week.

11/06/09
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EU “must keep promise” on Lisbon guarantees says Senator Mullen

Senator Rónán Mullen has challenged Ireland's EU partners to be true to their word and ensure that Ireland receives guarantees on family law and the right to life ahead of a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

11/06/09
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Catholic bishops stand firm on schools

Ireland's Catholic bishops have reiterated their commitment to providing “Catholic schools to cater for the needs of parents who wish their children to have a Catholic education”.

11/06/09
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Secular Left dealt blow in Euro elections

Socialist parties across Europe were dealt a serious blow in European Parliament elections at the weekend, as the Socialist group in the parliament, the PSE, lost 20 MEPs throughout the EU.

09/06/09
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Mother objects to son being placed with same-sex couple

A Catholic mother in the UK is taking legal advice after Brighton and Hove Council arranged to place her ten-year-old son with a homosexual foster couple.

09/06/09
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