THE problem of marital breakdown has mushroomed in Limerick in the past 15 years, according to a top solicitor experienced in family law in the city.
In the past few years the number of applications for legal separation coming before the courts in Limerick have more than trebled.
Marriages, too are breaking up much more quickly, often after only two or three years, and not for the old reasons – violence or desertion – but for are ones, another partner, financial pressures, etc.
Now, the infant birth rate has fallen below the figure to keep the population at its present size. The shock disclosure was made this week by Shaun Elder, the solicitor whose office at The Crescent deals with many of the city’s family law cases.
“Since about the time I came into Limerick, in 1980, it has mushroomed in Limerick,” he said in an interview.