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A new Bill being proposed to the Irish Government could speed up the divorce process significantly for couples living in the Republic of Ireland.


The Bill, due to be brought before the Dáil next week, proposes for the separation period necessary to obtain a divorce to be reduced from four years to two.


According to reports, the Bill already has the approval of both An Taoiseach and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.


If the Bill does acquire full Dáil approval, a constitutional referendum will need to be held, to change the country’s divorce laws.


It is believed that formal debate on the proposed Bill will begin sometime in the autumn.


The ban on divorce in the Republic of Ireland was lifted back in 1996, under the Fifteenth Amendment.


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