Culture Minister floats plan to remove divorce from Constitution

Josepha Madigan says the article could be repealed in the same way as the Eight Amendment

Culture Minister floats plan to remove divorce from Constitution

File photo of Culture Minister Josepha Madigan at the National Gallery of Ireland, 10-04-2018. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

The Minister for Culture has said the Government should consider the complete removal of divorce from the constitution.

Minister Josepha Madigan coordinated the Government’s campaign for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Speaking at the Law Society’s parchment ceremony for newly qualified solicitors yesterday, said “there is an appetite” for article 41.3.2 – which sets out the grounds for divorce – to be repealed in a similar way.

Should the article be removed, the Oireachtas would have the power to modify divorce legislation as it saw fit.

Minister Madigan said the idea is “certainly worthy of consideration.”

A referendum aimed at reducing the waiting time for a divorce from four years to two is already scheduled for summer 2019.

Minister Madigan put forward the proposal in a Private Members Motion – and believes the bill could be amended at report stage in order to initiate a referendum to completely remove divorce from the Constitution.