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Govt accused of failing to ensure equality for single parents

Published 08/11/2006

The government has been accused of failing to ensure that single-parent families are treated the same as married couples.

The One Family support group says all families are entitled to equal protections under the Irish Constitution.

However, it says a "systematic problem" exists whereby single-parent families are more likely to be deprived of basic legal, economic and social rights than their married counterparts.

It says one-parent families are three times more likely to live in poverty, have lower education levels and have more difficulties accessing housing and other services.

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