- Of the 73,724 births in Ireland in 2010 that 24,860 were to unmarried parents. That’s nearly 34%.
- Unmarried families are not recognised in the Irish Constitution and they do not possess the same legal rights and obligations as the family based on marriage.
- Having an unmarried father’s name on his child’s birth certificate does not give him ANY guardianship rights in respect of his child.
- Of the 91,146 who are on One-Parent Family Payment 66,020 are unmarried. That’s nearly 73%.
- Over half of the births to unmarried parents were to parents at the same address. (www.cso.ie)
- There are new laws for cohabitants.