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Clare votes to ease divorce restrictions

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*Photograph: Martin Connolly

Clare has voted to pass the Divorce Referendum.

Voters were asked to vote on whether to reduce the lengthy period separated couples have to wait before they can obtain a formal divorce and in Clare it was passed 39,747 votes to 8,551.

Nationally the picture remains the same with the vast majority of areas in favour of amending this part of the legislation.

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Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ,, A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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