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Sinn Féin welcome proposal to remove Divorce from Constitution - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

29 January, 2019 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has this afternoon welcomed the announcement by Minister Charlie Flanagan that the forthcoming Divorce Referendum will propose to remove restrictions on divorce from the Constitution.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;

“I’m pleased to hear this afternoon’s announcement by the Minister for Justice, proposing that there will be a referendum seeking to remove the minimum living apart period for spouses applying for a divorce.

“Clearly, it is a very sad and emotionally difficult thing for a marriage to break down, and for a divorce to be required. However, it is also the case that in many instances the currently excessively restriction, requiring separation for four out of five years, added significantly to the stress, and hardship experience by all involved in a divorce.

"The current provisions are far too restrictive, and it is right that that be tackled.

“Furthermore, one of the lessons from the 8th amendment is that complex issues of social policy are not best provided for in the constitution.

"It would be far preferable to allow for the Houses of the Oireachtas to legislate.

“Divorce is a deeply personal and complex issue and needs to be legislated for in a sensible way that is cognisant of such complexities.”

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