Divorce has been legal in the UK for a long time (since Henry VII obviously). Ireland was part of the UK since 1800 (Act of Union of 1800), so I assume that civil divorce was legal in Ireland in the 19th century (right?).

However Ireland only recently legalised civil divorce in 1995 (Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland), so at what point was civil divorce made illegal in Ireland?

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    General Reference? What do you mean? I'm asking a clear, objective quetion that can be answered definitvely about a legal situation in the past. Oct 18, 2011 at 9:12
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It was made illegal in Republican Ireland in 1937. Probably as a reaction to England broadening its laws on the subject.

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    Why would UK's laws have mattered in Ireland by '37? By then it was an independent state. Oct 18, 2011 at 15:45
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    @Rory Moral panic effect?
    – quant_dev
    Oct 20, 2011 at 16:45

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