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NWCI welcomes resounding Yes vote in the divorce referendum

Published: Saturday, May 25, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today welcomed the resounding Yes vote in the divorce referendum. 

Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI said,

“We welcome the decisive Yes vote in today’s divorce referendum. The result paves the way for a more supportive and compassionate divorce process for couples and families who need it. A shorter divorce process will be particularly  important for women in situations of domestic abuse, as it helps women to protect themselves and their children better from ongoing abuse from their former partner.” 

She continued, 

“The divorce referendum is also an important first step in the much needed reform of our family law. NWCI is calling for the urgent building of a new family court in Dublin. We also need to prioritise reforms that make our family court systems more appropriate to the needs of women and children, particularly for those who are experiencing domestic abuse.” 


For more information, please contact Silke Paasche, Head of Communications, Tel. 085 858 9104, silkep@nwci.ie