A Message from Mary Hanafin

Mary Hanafin Welcoming the launch of 'National Marriage Week' in February, Mary Hanafin the former minister for Social and Family Affairs said she applauded the community group of organizations working to support the promotion of marriage in Ireland. She referred to a recent report published by the Department, 'Families in Ireland - An Analysis of Patterns and Trends'  (click here to view this report) which informs discussion of family issues and highlights that the incidence of marriage in Ireland has increased in the past decade, with 40% more marriages in 2006 than in 1995. "This upward trend in marriages can be read as a sign of vitality in Irish family life and is counter to the notion that the institution of marriage is losing its appeal."  She wished all all concerned continued success with this project.