Counties of Ireland with the highest divorce rates have been revealed
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Counties of Ireland with the highest divorce rates have been revealed

NEW legal statistics have revealed the counties with the highest and lowest rates of divorce in Ireland.

The figures, from an analysis of applications to the Circuit Court between 2000 and 2017, show Carlow's current rate of 1.2 divorce applications per 1,000 population has now surpassed that of Dublin.

Dublin previously had the highest rate of divorce applications from 2010 to 2014 and has been the only Irish county consistently above the national rate since records began.

However in 2017, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Longford, Sligo, Westmeath and Wexford all had a divorce rate higher than Dublin.

Three counties – Donegal, Cavan and Kildare – have been continuously below the national rate since 2000, while Leitrim was found to have lowest rate nationwide.

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Overall, 68,453 applications for divorce were made in Ireland between 2000 and 2017.

Divorce only became legal in the country in 1996, following a referendum the year before in which the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution was passed by a majority vote of just 50.3%.

At present, couples must have lived apart for four of the five previous years before a court can grant a divorce.

But this coming Friday, a referendum will ask voters if they wish to remove this condition or keep it enshrined in the Irish Constitution.

Irish counties with highest divorce rates since 2000:

2000: Dublin

2001: Dublin

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2002: Cork

2003: Cork

2004: Dublin

2005: Carlow

2006: Wexford

2007: Dublin

2008: Galway

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2009: Meath

2010: Dublin

2011: Dublin

2012: Dublin

2013: Dublin

2014: Dublin

2015: Carlow

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2016: Carlow

2017: Carlow

Irish counties with lowest divorce rates since 2000:

2000: Kerry

2001: Leitrim

2002: Galway

2003: Galway

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2004: Roscommon

2005: Wexford

2006: Leitrim

2007: Kerry

2008: Leitrim

2009: Kilkenny

2010: Westmeath

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2011: Monaghan

2012: Meath

2013: Cavan

2014: Cavan

2015: Monaghan

2016: Kilkenny

2017: Leitrim

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