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Children’s study will deal with family structure

  A new longitudinal study of the lives of children in Ireland will include questions about family structure allowing Irish researchers to investigate for the first time and in a meaningful way the effects of family structure on children. The study will involve 18,000 children including a cohort of 10,000 nine month olds and 8,000...

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Lawyer apologises for “Unhappy Christmas” ad

A lawyer from the firm responsible for the “Unhappy Christmas” ad has apologised. Angela Farrell, a managing partner of Farrell Family Law Solicitors, who were behind the ad, said that regretted any offence caused. The ad, which appeared in the Irish Times on three occasions over Christmas week, read: “Unhappy family Christmas? Call Farrell Family...

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Civil partnership may not lead to fewer marriages – report

  Laws which give cohabiting couples marriage-like rights may not lead to fewer marriages, according to new research. The claim from British researchers comes as the Irish Government looks at giving Irish cohabitees marriage-like rights. Critics have argued that the plan could encourage fewer people to marry and therefore threaten family stability. They ask why...

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Happiness linked to marriage and religion, study finds

Marriage and prayer are among some of the key factors in people’s happiness, a new study commissioned by the UK Government has found. The research, carried out by an economics professor at London’s Imperial College, found that people in stable relationships and people who prayed were more content than their fellow citizens. The report has...

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