There have been huge demographic and social changes since 1965, when the Succession Act was introduced by the Oireachtas.
Longer life spans, couples having fewer children, greater access to third-level education and divorce are some obvious examples.
In the circumstances, section 117 of the act, which imposes a “moral duty” on parents to make “proper provision” for their children, was ripe for review by the Law Reform Commission (LRC).
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