This Life: We are family

One Family has campaigned for non-nuclear families to be recognised as legitimate units, and it is a process that is beginning to bear fruit, writes Siobhán Brett.

28th April, 2012
This Life: We are family
Karen Kiernan, director of One Family, with her son Cian: 'There's more than one type of family'. Photo: Feargal Ward

As it stands, the Irish constitution recognises the family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of society, and as a moral institution "possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights".

As promising and certain as this seems, the reality of the family unit has changed substantially in recent decades, a change which hasn't been mirrored constitutionally. The present reality needs to be reflected in the policy-making that affects parents, guardians, work-life balance and societal attitudes, according...

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