14 Feb 2012
The Gay & Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) have released an interesting breakdown of the same sex couples who entered into civil partnerships in Ireland in 2011 - from April when they started to the end of the year.
The figures, provided by the General Registrars Office show that:
· 536 couples entered civil partnership in Ireland in the nine months from April 5th 2011, when civil partnership first became available
· the 1072 people entering an Irish Civil Partnership came from Ireland and 58 other countries throughout the world, including the UK, Brazil, the United States Poland and the Philippines.
· couples entering civil partnership live in every one of the 26 counties in Ireland
· people of all ages entered civil partnerships: most were aged between 41 and 50, followed by those aged between 31 and 40.
5 people were aged between 18 and 20 and 8 people were over 70 years of age.
· civil partnerships took place in 25 of the 26 counties in Ireland - all except Co. Clare*.
These figures do not account for the many more hundreds of Irish citizens who were married or entered a civil partnership abroad whose marriages and civil partnerships are automatically recognised in Ireland as Civil Partnerships.
More detail can be found on GLEN's website.
* Ahhhh.... Poor Co. Clare. What's that about?
UPDATE: According to one of my tweeple on Twitter (thanks Ken) the Co. Clare anomaly is explained by the fact that the regisrty office for Clare is actually across the border in Limerick so Clare couples don't have the option of being registered in Clare.