IRELAND: FIVEFOLD INCREASE IN MARRIAGE BREAKDOWN OVER 20 YEARS
I suppose the increase in materialism and consumerism that was brought about by the "Celtic Tiger" boom obliterated the closeness to the earth and much of the faith.
DUBLIN (AFP) — There has been a fivefold increase in marital breakdown in Ireland in the last 20 years, according to a new study released Friday.
The Iona Institute, an organisation dedicated to the strengthening of society through marriage and religious practice, said that by 2006, 200,000 people had seen their marriage fail, compared with 40,000 in 1986.
The report said that Ireland, which has prospered under the Celtic Tiger boom in recent years, had experienced deep economic and social changes over the last decade.
"One of the biggest changes has occurred in the family," it said.
"Until fairly recently, the vast majority of children were born and raised inside intact marriages.
"Today, a clear majority of children are still raised in the family based on marriage, but a growing number are being raised by lone parents or by cohabiting parents.
"In addition, marriage breakdown in Ireland is increasing fast."
Divorce only became legal in mainly Roman Catholic Ireland a decade ago after a lengthy and divisive campaign.
The report added that there had been an 80 percent increase in the number of single parent families since 1986 to 190,000.
One in four children is being raised in families where the parents are not married, the study said, a figure which comes close to levels in Britain and the United States.