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Title: Ireland: the 1995 Divorce Referendum
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Date: Spring 1996
On 24 November 1995 a referendum was held in the Republic of Ireland. The purpose of it was to ask the people of the Republic if they would agree to a change in the Constitution of the Irish State in relation to the prohibition in the Constitution on all divorce. The present Constitution of the Irish Republic was drawn up in 1937 and states as follows: No law shall be enacted providing for the grant of a dissolution of marriage. In 1986 the government held a referendum to have this provision of the Constitution deleted and replaced by one allowing divorce when a marriage has failed irreparably. The people, however, voted by a majority of about two to one to retain the original provision.