Ireland votes to liberalise divorce laws

London: Irish voters have overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to liberalise the country's constitution to make it easier for couples to divorce.

Election officials said on Sunday a constitutional requirement that couples be separated for four years before being allowed to divorce will be removed.

Irish voters backed broadening divorce laws.Credit:

It will fall to Ireland's Parliament to come up with new legislation to govern divorce.

Officials say more than 82 per cent of voters endorsed the change, which follows liberalisation of abortion laws approved in a referendum last year.

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan told RTE News voters had shown compassion by "humanising the system".

Voter turnout on the referendum vote was just over 50 per cent.

Local election results are still being tallied.

AP

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