Report finds huge increase in Irish family breakdown
Catholic World News - September 05, 2013
The Iona Institute of Dublin has released a report showing a catastrophic breakdown in Irish family life.
Using figures from the 2011 census in Ireland, the Iona Institute points to a 500% increase in the number of broken marriages in Ireland over the past 25 years. The figures also show steep increases in the number of couples living together before marriage, the number of children born outside of marriage, and the number of single-parent households.
In 1986, the report notes, married couples accounted for 85.5% of Irish family units; by 2011 that figure had dropped to 69.5%.
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Posted by: dfp3234574 -
Sep. 05, 2013 8:58 PM ET USA
So the slow breakdown of the Irish population's adherence to the Catholic Church has also coincided with the breakdown of families in Ireland? Yup. Sounds exactly right!
Posted by: FredC -
Sep. 05, 2013 7:44 PM ET USA
My recent research shows that gun murders are much higher in fatherless homes (see Social Issues at www.facinc.com).