More Irish couples sought marriage help due to internet
A record number of couples in the Irish Republic are seeking marriage guidance services, according to a counselling service run by the Catholic Church.
Accord said there was an 8% increase in demand by couples for its help in the past year.
It said internet misuse was the fastest-growing area of concern in marriages, with a 25% increase last year and a 125% rise since 2007.
Other factors were financial problems and communication difficulties.
Accord said it was encouraging couples to invest as much time in their relationships as they do in their jobs, homes and hobbies.