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Irish group sees 'alarming' spike in births out of wedlock

July 01, 2009

The Iona Institute, a Dublin-based group dedicated to supporting marriage, has drawn attention to an "alarming" increase in the proportion of Irish infants born out of wedlock. The latest official statistics show 21,397 such births in 2006: a 32% increase over the previous year's figure. Early figures for 2009 suggest that roughly one-third of all births are to unmarried mothers.

 


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