The paper also included recommendations on other steps that cohabiting couples should take such writing wills, defining power of attorney, etc.
The all-party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution, Chairman Denis O'Donovan stated that it was examining these Articles to ascertain the extent to which they are serving the good of individuals and the community, with a view to deciding whether changes in them would bring about a greater balance between the two.
Society has changed a lot over the past few decades and relationships with age gaps between the two partners are becoming more and more common.
These relationships can thrive just as well as relationships between partners of similar ages.
Whether your partner is younger or older than you, you may simply have very little in common with their intimates.
After all, if you are a first year in college, you'll probably share very few experiences with people in their 40s.
It recommended no change to the constitutional definitions, as it expected such a referendum to fail.
They also recommended a legal presumption of partnership for couples which have lived together for three years, or have children together.However, as with everything in life, there are pros and cons of having a relationship with someone much younger or older than you.It may be hard for you to gel with your partner's friends or family.In December 2000, as part of the Second Programme of Law Reform, the Government requested the Law Reform Commission of Ireland to examine the rights and duties of cohabitees.
In April 2004, the commission published a consultation paper The consultation proposals called for legal 'presumed' recognition of qualifying cohabiting relationships.These rights would be applied by the court on application as distinct from the 'automatic' rights of legal marriage.