The most frequently cited reason for divorce amongst Irish couples is overwork rather than adultery, according to a spokesman for the Irish Law Society.
Keith Walsh is Chairman of the Society’s family law committee. Speaking to the Irish Independent, he explained the key social issue fuelling divorce in the Republic:
“People are not physically present in the home or they don’t engage. It is not adultery. Adultery tends to happen when the marriage is over, when people have lost interest.”
Mr Walsh also referred to a recent surge in divorce across Ireland – to around 4,000 per year – saying this was a clear indication that the economy was emerging from recession. Divorces fell to approximately 3,000 per year during the depths of the economic downturn in the country – and when times are tough it’s more difficult to divorce Mr Walsh told the paper.
“People have been living together in the same house, possibly even in two separate beds in the same bedroom, because they’re in a three-bed semi-D[etached house] and there’s two or three kids and they can’t move into the kids’ room.”
The divorce rate in Ireland remains amongst the lowest in the EU.